TEL-AVIV, Israel, Nov. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gazit-Globe (NYSE:GZT) (TSX:GZT) (TASE:GZT), one of the world's leading multi-national real estate companies focused on acquisition, development and redevelopment of supermarket-anchored shopping centers in major urban markets, announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of NIS 0.43 per share of its common stock (~U.S.$ 0.12), payable on December 30, 2013 to stockholders of record on December 16, 2013. The dividend represents an annualized distribution of NIS 1.72 per share.
The Company's Board of Directors declared a dividend policy for 2014 of a minimum quarterly dividend payment of NIS 0.45 per share (~U.S.$ 0.13), representing an annualized dividend of NIS 1.80 per share, to be distributed as of the first quarter of 2014, representing growth of 4.7% over the 2013 dividend. Since initiating its dividend in 1998, Gazit-Globe has increased its annual dividend for 15 consecutive years.
Holders of Gazit-Globe's shares on the NYSE and TSX will receive their distribution in U.S. dollars based on the NIS exchange rate as of the record date. Canadian shareholders may request that their brokers convert their payment in U.S. dollars into Canadian dollars.
Gazit-Globe is one of the largest owners, developers and operators of supermarket-anchored shopping centers in major urban markets around the world. In addition, the Company is active in North America in the healthcare real estate sector. Gazit-Globe is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:GZT), the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:GZT) and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE:GZT) and is included in the TA-25 and Real-Estate 15 indices in Israel. Gazit-Globe owns and operates 584 properties in more than 20 countries, with a gross leasable area of approximately 6.7 million square meters and a total value of more than US$21 billion.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. In the United States, these statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside our control, that could cause our future results, performance or achievements to differ significantly from the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include risks detailed in our public filings with the SEC and the Canadian Securities Administrators. Except as required by applicable law, we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking or other statements herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Numbers presented in USD are based on the exchange rate as of September 30, 2013 of 1 USD = 3.537 NIS
CONTACT: For additional information: Gil Kotler, Senior Executive VP and CFO Investors Contact: IR@gazitgroup.com, Media Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Gazit-Globe Headquarters, Tel-Aviv, Israel, Tel: +972 3 694 8000 / New York Office, Tel: +1 212 897 9741