|Altria Increases Quarterly Dividend by 8.7% to $0.565 per Common Share|
RICHMOND, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 21, 2015--
Altria Group, Inc. (Altria) (NYSE: MO) today announced that its Board of
Directors voted to increase Altria’s regular quarterly dividend by 8.7%
to $0.565 per common share versus the previous rate of $0.52 per common
share. The quarterly dividend is payable on October 9, 2015, to
shareholders of record as of September 15, 2015. The ex-dividend date is
September 11, 2015.
The new annualized dividend rate is $2.26 per common share, representing
a yield of 4.1% based on Altria’s closing stock price of $54.73 on
August 20, 2015.
Today’s dividend increase reflects Altria’s intention to return a large
amount of cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and is
consistent with Altria’s dividend payout ratio target of approximately
80% of its adjusted diluted earnings per share. Altria has increased its
dividend 49 times in the past 46 years.
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