COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Lancaster Colony Corporation (Nasdaq: LANC) announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 50 cents per share on the company's common stock, payable September 30, 2016 to shareholders of record on September 9, 2016.
The board voted to continue the cash dividend at the higher level set nine months ago. The company is one of only 15 U.S. companies to have increased regular cash dividends each year for 53 consecutive years.
John B. Gerlach, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Lancaster Colony, said, "The dividend reflects the company's continued strong financial position and will be the 213th consecutive quarterly cash dividend paid by the company since September 1963." He noted that the indicated annual payout for the current fiscal year ending June 30, 2017 is $2.00 per share, up from the $1.96 per share paid in fiscal 2016, excluding the $5.00 per share special dividend paid in December 2015.
The company also announced that its board of directors has set the annual meeting of shareholders for 11:30 a.m. ET, Monday, November 21, 2016 in the Lilac meeting room at The Hilton Columbus at Easton, 3900 Chagrin Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219. The record date for shareholders entitled to vote at the meeting is Friday, September 23, 2016.
Common shares currently outstanding are approximately 27,424,000.
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Some of the key factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements include:
- the possible occurrence of product recalls or other defective or mislabeled product costs;
- the extent to which future business acquisitions are completed and acceptably integrated;
- changes in our cash flow or use of cash in various business activities; and
- risks related to other factors described under "Risk Factors" in other reports and statements filed by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including without limitation our Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q (available at www.sec.gov).
Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update such forward-looking statements, except as required by law. Management believes these forward-looking statements to be reasonable; however, you should not place undue reliance on such statements that are based on current expectations.
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