CINCINNATI, Dec. 4, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LSI Industries Inc. (Nasdaq:LYTS) announced that its Board of Directors today took two cash dividend actions. First, the Board declared an accelerated cash dividend of $0.06 per share payable on December 24, 2012 to shareholders of record on December 17, 2012. The declaration and payment of this cash dividend is in lieu of the regular quarterly cash dividend that would have normally been paid in February 2013. Second, the Board declared a one-time special cash dividend of $0.12 per share also payable on December 24, 2012 to shareholders of record on December 17, 2012.
The Board has taken these dividend actions in the best interest of LSI Industries' shareholders in light of the likelihood of potential tax law changes and the pending increase of the federal tax rate on dividend income in 2013. The special cash dividend of $0.12 per share is intentionally stepping outside of LSI Industries' stated dividend payout ratio as set forth in its cash dividend policy. Given the debt-free and strong cash position of LSI Industries, as well as the outlook for future cash flow generation, the Board believes it's appropriate to return a modest portion of available cash to shareholders on a tax-efficient basis.
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About the Company
Leadership. Strength. Innovation. Those are the key values behind the smart vision upon which LSI Industries Inc. was founded in 1976. Today LSI demonstrates this in our dedication to advancing technology throughout all aspects of our business – in both product solutions and production techniques. We are committed to American innovation through technology.
We are a vertically integrated manufacturer who combines assimilated technology, design and manufacturing to produce the most efficient, high quality products possible. We are dedicated to advancing solid-state technology to make affordable, high performance, energy efficient lighting and custom graphic products that bring value to our customers. In addition, we can provide sophisticated lighting and energy management control solutions to help customers manage their energy performance. Further, we offer design support, engineering, installation and project management for custom graphics rollout programs for today's retail environment.
LSI is proud to be an American company with an American work force, building an American product. We are a U.S. manufacturer with marketing / sales efforts throughout the world with concentration currently on North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Our major markets include the commercial / industrial lighting, petroleum / convenience store, multi-site retail (including automobile dealerships, restaurants and national retail accounts), sports and entertainment markets. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, LSI has facilities in Ohio, Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas and Montreal, Canada. The Company's common shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol LYTS.
As we redefine LSI Industries' place in the markets we serve, we will emphasize our commitment to preserving the foundation of a well-managed, financially strong and creatively unique company with even stronger emphasis on a growing technology base. Through the Leadership, Strength and Innovation that is core to our culture, we move forward continuing our transition to a technology-reliant company with lighting and graphics and the ability to provide the stronger performance our many partners expect.
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For further information, contact either Bob Ready, Chief Executive Officer, or Ron Stowell, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer at (513) 793-3200.
Additional note: Today's news release, along with past releases from LSI Industries, is available on the Company's internet site at www.lsi-industries.com or by email or fax, by calling the Investor Relations Department at (513) 793-3200.
CONTACT: BOB READY OR RON STOWELL (513) 793-3200
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