COLUMBIA, Md., Feb. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a 24 percent increase in the company's regular annual cash dividend rate from $0.68 to $0.84 per common share. The increase will be effective starting with the first quarter dividend of $0.21 per common share, which was declared by the Board and is payable on March 23, 2017, to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 1, 2017.
"Grace is committed to growing our dividend for shareholders as part of our balanced capital allocation strategy," said Fred Festa, Grace’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "In addition to the meaningful increase in our dividend that the Board approved today, during 2016 we strategically deployed cash to complete $245 million in acquisitions, made $117 million in capital investments, and returned $231 million to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends. We remain confident in our ability to generate strong free cash flow and drive superior performance over the long term."
The declaration of any dividends falls within the discretion of the Board, taking into account such considerations as the Board may deem relevant at the time, including, without limitation, the company's financial condition, financial performance, available liquidity, and applicable legal requirements.
Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Grace Catalysts Technologies and Grace Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customer partners around the world. Grace employs approximately 3,700 people in over 30 countries. More information about Grace is available at grace.com.
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Source:W. R. Grace & Co.