Connecticut Water Service increases dividend for 47th consecutive year
Connecticut Water Service, Inc. (CTWS) announced that the Company's Board of Directors has approved an increase of 5.6% in its annualized cash dividend, raising the quarterly amount to $0.2825 per share of the Company's common stock for an annualized dividend of $1.13. CTWS's dividend has increased more than 15% since 2013, and today's announcement marks the 47th consecutive year of increasing dividend payments. This increase also accelerates the timing of the annual increase which has historically occurred in the third quarter of the year. That acceleration combined with the increase projects to a 6.2% increase in 2016 dividends versus 2015. CTWS is included in the NASDAQ U.S. Broad Market Dividend Achievers Index, which requires a minimum of 10 consecutive years of dividend increases.
Eric W. Thornburg, Connecticut Water's President and CEO, stated, "Today's action by the Board builds on our long history of increasing dividend payments in each of the last 47 years and of paying quarterly dividends on common stock without interruption or reduction since the Company's founding in 1956. Our 2015 dividend payout ratio was 51% and we are very comfortable increasing the cash dividend by the highest amount in our 60 year history."
The quarterly cash dividend on common shares was increased to $0.2825 per quarter from $0.2675, and will be effective with the dividend declared by the Board on common shares that is payable on June 15, 2016, for shareholders of record as of June 1, 2016. The Company's dividend yield, based on an annualized dividend of $1.13 at the stock market closing price on May 12, 2016, was approximately 2.2%.
Source: Connecticut Water Service