Mead Johnson Board of Directors Increases Dividend by 10 Percent
Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (NYSE:MJN) announced today that its board of directors has declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.4125 per share for the quarter ending March 31, 2015, an increase of 10 percent from the prior rate of $0.375 per share. The board expects the annualized dividend to be $1.65 per share.
The dividend will be paid at the new higher rate on April 1, 2015, to shareholders of record at close of business on March 16, 2015.
“Mead Johnson Nutrition has increased its dividend at a double-digit rate for six consecutive years,” said Jim Cornelius, Chairman of the Mead Johnson Board of Directors. “This decision reflects the board’s confidence in the company’s future growth prospects and ability to generate strong cash flow. It is also consistent with our ongoing commitment to produce strong returns and create value for our shareholders.”
About Mead Johnson
Mead Johnson, a global leader in pediatric nutrition, develops, manufactures, markets and distributes more than 70 products in over 50 markets worldwide. The company’s mission is to nourish the world’s children for the best start in life. The Mead Johnson name has been associated with science-based pediatric nutrition products for over 100 years. The company’s “Enfa” family of brands, including Enfamil(R) infant formula, is the world’s leading brand franchise in pediatric nutrition. For more information, visit meadjohnson.com.
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(1) The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a federal assistance program of the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
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