DALLAS--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE), a global technology and specialty materials company, today announced that its board of directors has approved a 28 percent increase in the company's quarterly common stock cash dividend.
The dividend rate increased from $0.36 to $0.46 per share of common stock on a quarterly basis and from $1.44 to $1.84 per share of common stock on an annual basis. The new dividend rate will be applicable immediately.
“We believe that consistently increasing our dividend is integral to maximizing long term shareholder value. We have increased dividends significantly over the last several years, distributing $201 million in dividends in 2016 compared to $43 million in 2012. As a continuation of this commitment, today we are announcing a plan to increase our cash dividends by at least an additional 50% cumulatively over a three year period. Today’s increase is the first of three annual steps to target dividends paid to our shareholders of $300 million or more in 2019,” said Mark Rohr, chairman and chief executive officer.
The company also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.46 per share on its Series A common stock, payable on May 11, 2017.
The dividend is payable to stockholders of record as of May 1, 2017.
Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. Our two complementary business cores, Acetyl Chain and Materials Solutions, use the full breadth of Celanese's global chemistry, technology and business expertise to create value for our customers and the corporation. As we partner with our customers to solve their most critical business needs, we strive to make a positive impact on our communities and the world through The Celanese Foundation. Based in Dallas, Celanese employs approximately 7,300 employees worldwide and had 2016 net sales of $5.4 billion. For more information about Celanese Corporation and its product offerings, visit www.celanese.com or our blog at www.celaneseblog.com.
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