NEW YORK, March 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- American Finance Trust, Inc. (Nasdaq: AFIN) ("AFIN" or the "Company") announced today that its Board of Directors approved a reduction in the Company's annualized dividend to $0.85 per share from $1.10 per share due to the uncertain and rapidly changing environment caused by the COVID-19 virus.
"While we continue to be confident in the performance of our portfolio, we believe this action is prudent during this time of uncertainty and will provide flexibility for potential business opportunities and preservation of capital," said Michael Weil, CEO of AFIN.
The Company pays dividends monthly, and the change will go into effect for the dividend which the Company anticipates declaring in April 2020. This is expected to generate $6.8 million of cash savings per quarter1, which the Company expects to use to fortify its balance sheet and to capitalize on attractive acquisition opportunities currently in the market.
- Based on the number of shares outstanding as of the February 14, 2020 record date for the Company's 2020 annual meeting of stockholders.
About American Finance Trust, Inc.
American Finance Trust, Inc. (Nasdaq: AFIN) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust listed on the Nasdaq focused on acquiring and managing a diversified portfolio of primarily service-oriented and traditional retail and distribution related commercial real estate properties in the U.S. Additional information about AFIN can be found on its website at www.americanfinancetrust.com.
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SOURCE American Finance Trust, Inc.