Medifast, Inc. Announces Initiation of Quarterly Dividend

Company Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.25 per Share

Dec 16, 2015, 16:15 ET from Medifast, Inc.

OWINGS MILLS, Md., Dec. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED), a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven weight-loss and healthy living products and programs, announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized a dividend program under which it intends to pay a regular quarterly cash dividend to its stockholders. The initial quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share is payable on February 10, 2016 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on December 28, 2015. 

"The initiation of a quarterly dividend reflects the conviction our Board of Directors and executive team have in the Company's ability to consistently generate cash," said Michael C. MacDonald, Medifast Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We remain committed to enhancing value for stockholders and are very pleased to return excess capital to them through a quarterly cash dividend while we maintain our existing stock repurchase program."

The Company expects to maintain a program of paying dividends on a quarterly basis.  However, the declaration of dividends in the future is subject to the discretion of the Medifast Board of Directors, who will evaluate the Company's dividend program from time to time based on factors that it deems relevant.

About Medifast

Medifast, Inc. (NYSE: MED) is a leading United States manufacturer and provider of clinically proven and easy-to-use weight-loss and weight-maintenance products and programs. The company sells its products and programs via four unique distribution channels: 1) the web and national call centers, 2) the Take Shape For Life personal coaching division, 3) Medifast Weight Control Centers, and 4) a national network of physicians. Medifast was founded in 1980 and is located in Owings Mills, Maryland. For more information, log onto     


Forward Looking Statements

This release contains "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These "forward-looking" statements are based on present circumstances and on Medifast's predictions with respect to events that have not occurred, that may not occur, or that may occur with different consequences and timing than those now assumed or anticipated.  Such forward-looking statements, including the expected future payment of dividends and any statement of the plans and objectives of management for future operations and forecasts of future growth and value, are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the events or results described in the forward-looking statements.  Such forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this release and Medifast assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.  Readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

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