PORTLAND, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On April 26, 2017, the board of directors of Portland General Electric Company (NYSE: POR) approved a 6.3 percent increase in the regular quarterly common stock dividend to 34 cents per share, up from last quarter’s dividend of 32 cents per share. The dividend is payable on or before July 17, 2017, to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 26, 2017.
“Today’s declaration marks our eleventh consecutive annual dividend increase since going public in 2006,” said Jim Piro, PGE’s president and chief executive officer. “Our long-term focus on operational excellence, including our continued investment in our system to keep it safe and resilient, enabled us to take another step forward in meeting our commitment to shareholders to deliver a competitive dividend within our industry.”
The company’s dividend is approved quarterly by the board of directors based on financial performance, capital requirements and other factors influencing dividend decisions. Over the long term, PGE targets a sustainable annual dividend increase of 5 to 7 percent and a dividend payout ratio of 50 to 70 percent.
About Portland General Electric Company
Portland General Electric (NYSE: POR) is a fully-integrated energy company based in Portland, Oregon, serving approximately 865,000 customers in 51 cities. For more than 125 years, PGE has been delivering safe, reliable energy to Oregonians. With 2,700 employees across the state, PGE is committed to building a cleaner, more efficient energy future. Together with its customers, PGE has the number one voluntary renewable energy program in the U.S. For more information visit PortlandGeneral.com.
Source: Portland General Electric Company
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