ST. LOUIS, Aug. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) today announced that its Board of Directors declared an increase in the dividend on its common stock from 37.5 cents per share to 43 cents per share. The dividend is payable on Oct. 25, 2013 to shareowners of record on Oct. 4, 2013. The dividend relates to the company's fourth quarter of its 2013 fiscal year. Monsanto has increased its dividend four times since the end of fiscal year 2010, for a cumulative increase of more than 60 percent over that time period.
Chief Financial Officer Pierre Courduroux noted that dividends are a key component of Monsanto's approach to using its cash position to return value to company shareowners.
"Monsanto's approach to using its cash position to benefit its shareowners is centered on providing return through dividends and share repurchases, and also using cash for strategic investments," said Courduroux.
In June, Monsanto announced a new three-year share repurchase program for up to $2 billion of the company's common stock, effective July 1, 2013.
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