LAS VEGAS, Feb. 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors for Southwest Gas Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SWX) has increased the quarterly common stock dividend from $0.52 per share to $0.545per share and has declared the following second quarter cash dividend:
June 3, 2019
May 15, 2019
$0.545 per share
The dividend equates to $2.18 per share, a 10 cent or 4.8 percent increase, on an annualized basis. Southwest has paid quarterly dividends continuously since going public in 1956, and has raised its dividend each year since 2007. President and Chief Executive Officer John Hester noted, "We are pleased that Southwest's strong, sustainable operating performance and financial condition have positioned us to again increase the dividend. Dividend increases are necessary to facilitate competitive and reasonable returns for our shareholders. When setting the dividend rate, the Board's policy is to target a dividend payout ratio that is competitive in the industry (55‑65%) while maintaining strong credit ratings and the ability to fund future capital expenditures."
Southwest Gas Holdings has two business segments:
Southwest Gas Corporation provides safe and reliable natural gas service to over two million customers in Arizona, Nevada, and California.
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