Albertsons Companies, Inc. (NYSE: ACI) (the “Company”) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a 20% increase in the quarterly dividend on its common stock, from $0.10 per share to $0.12 per share. At the new rate, the dividend on an annualized basis will be $0.48 per share compared to the previous rate of $0.40 per share.
The next quarterly dividend of $0.12 per share of common stock will be paid on November 12, 2021 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on October 29, 2021.
“The ongoing strength of our performance and free cash flow generation give us the confidence to increase our quarterly dividend, even as we ramp up investments in our business and support our digital transformation,” said Vivek Sankaran, CEO. “We remain committed to a balanced approach to capital allocation, which includes investments to drive future growth, continued deleveraging of the balance sheet, and returning cash to shareholders.”
About Albertsons Companies
Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. Albertsons Companies operates stores across 34 states and the District of Columbia with more than 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Carrs, Jewel-Osco, Acme, Shaw's, Star Market, United Supermarkets, Market Street, Haggen, Kings Food Markets and Balducci’s Food Lovers Market.
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