ONEOK Increases Quarterly Dividend

Jul 23, 2014, 16:05 ET from ONEOK, Inc.

TULSA, Okla., July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of ONEOK, Inc. (NYSE: OKE) today increased ONEOK's quarterly cash dividend by 1.5 cents per share, or 3 percent, to 57.5 cents per share, effective for the second quarter 2014, resulting in an annualized cash dividend of $2.30 per share. The dividend is payable Aug. 14, 2014, to shareholders of record at the close of business Aug. 4, 2014. 

"As a pure-play general partner of ONEOK Partners, we remain committed to delivering sustainable, long-term value to our shareholders in the form of increased dividends," said Terry K. Spencer, president and chief executive officer of ONEOK. "We expect that increased distributions from ONEOK Partners, driven primarily by the partnership's previously announced $6.0 billion to $6.4 billion capital-growth program through 2016, will enable ONEOK to continue increasing the dividend to our shareholders." 

In May 2014, ONEOK reaffirmed its plans to increase dividends by 1.5 cents per share per quarter for the remainder of 2014, subject to board approval. ONEOK also reaffirmed its 2014 cash flow available for dividends is expected to be in the range of $560 million to $640 million, reflecting higher anticipated cash distributions received from its general and limited partner interests in ONEOK Partners (NYSE: OKS).  

ONEOK also has estimated an average annual dividend increase of 20 to 25 percent between 2013 and 2016, which includes the announced and planned increases in 2014 and 10 percent annual increases in 2015 and 2016, while maintaining a long-term dividend coverage ratio of approximately 1.05 times, subject to board approval.

This dividend increase is ONEOK's second since becoming a pure-play general partner of ONEOK Partners in February 2014 and represents a 44 percent increase during that period.   

Since January 2006, the company has increased the dividend 19 times, representing a 311 percent increase during that period.

ONEOK, Inc. (pronounced ONE-OAK) (NYSE: OKE) is the general partner and as of May 16, 2014, owns 38.8 percent of ONEOK Partners, L.P. (NYSE: OKS), one of the largest publicly traded master limited partnerships, which is a leader in the gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas in the U.S. and owns one of the nation's premier natural gas liquids (NGL) systems, connecting NGL supply in the Mid-Continent and Rocky Mountain regions with key market centers.  ONEOK is a FORTUNE 500 company and is included in Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500 Stock Index.

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