New York-based auction house Sotheby’s is to bring overseas earnings back to the US, a move which will contribute to the firm reporting a quarterly loss.
Sotheby’s has said it will repatriate about $381m to help fund its share buyback programme.
As a result it will take a charge of between $63m and $68m to cover US taxes, it said in a regulatory filing.
The company estimates it will record a loss of between $10m and $19m (£7m-£13m) for the fourth quarter of 2015.
Sotheby’s will also take a $37m pre-tax charge for staff payoffs.
The company said it needed to bring the cash back to the US for “corporate strategic initiatives”.
The move to repatriate earnings is unusual for a US-based multinational – many choose to re-invest cash earned overseas due to relatively high US tax rates.
On Thursday, Sotheby’s board voted to scrap its quarterly dividend, and increase its share buyback programme by $200m, taking its total to $325m.
The board also voted to scrap its fourth quarter dividend.