Debt. Debt decreased by $658 million in 2011, to $2,171 million at year-end 2011 from $2,829 million at year-end 2010, and reflected a $1,016 million decrease in non-recourse debt associated with previously securitized notes which we transferred to MVW as part of the spin-off, partially offset by a $331 million increase in commercial paper and other debt (which includes capital leases) increases of $27 million. Debt increased by $531 million in 2010, to $2,829 million at year-end 2010 from $2,298 million at year-end 2009, and reflected consolidation of debt with a balance at year-end 2010 of $1,016 million, partially offset by decreased borrowings under our Credit Facility of $425 million and other net debt decreases of $60 million.
Our financial objectives include diversifying our financing sources, optimizing the mix and maturity of our long-term debt and reducing our working capital. At year-end 2011, our long-term debt had an average interest rate of 5.0 percent and an average maturity of approximately 3.6 years. The ratio of fixed-rate long-term debt to total long-term debt was 0.82 to 1.0 at year-end 2011.
See the “Cash Requirements and Our Credit Facilities,” caption within this “Liquidity and Capital Resources” section for additional information on our Credit Facility.
During 2010, we repaid all outstanding borrowings under our Credit Facility, which had a balance outstanding at year-end 2009 of $425 million.
In 2009, we repurchased $122 million principal amount of our Senior Notes in the open market, across multiple series. We recorded a gain of $21 million for the debt extinguishment representing the difference between the acquired debt’s purchase price of $98 million and its carrying amount of $119 million.
Share Repurchases. We purchased 43.4 million shares of our Class A Common Stock in 2011 at an average price of $32.79 per share, purchased 1.5 million shares in 2010 at an average price of $39.02 per share, and did not purchase any shares in 2009. As of year-end 2011, 5.5 million shares remained available for repurchase under authorizations previously approved by our Board of Directors. On February 10, 2012, we announced that our Board of Directors increased, by 35 million shares, the authorization to repurchase our Class A Common Stock. We purchase shares in the open market and in privately negotiated transactions.
Dividends. Our Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.0875 per share on February 11, 2011, and a cash dividend of $0.10 per share on May 6, August 4, and November 10, 2011, and February 10, 2012.