LISLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, SunCoke Energy, Inc.’s (NYSE: SXC) Board of Directors declared a 100 percent increase in the cash dividend, raising the quarterly rate from $0.075 to $0.15 per share of common stock. This dividend will be payable on September 10, 2015, to stockholders of record at the close of business on August 19, 2015. This represents the second significant increase since SXC initiated dividends less than a year ago.
“Today’s significant dividend increase is underpinned by the strength and stability of our business model,” said Fritz Henderson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SunCoke Energy, Inc. “As we continue to evolve to a pure-play general partner, this increase aligns with our long-term capital allocation strategy to distribute 80 percent to 90 percent of our free cash flow to shareholders.”
ABOUT SUNCOKE ENERGY, INC.
SunCoke Energy, Inc. (NYSE: SXC) supplies high-quality coke to the integrated steel industry under long- term take-or-pay coke contracts that pass through commodity and certain operating costs to customers. We utilize an innovative heat-recovery cokemaking technology that captures excess heat for steam or electrical power generation. Our cokemaking facilities are located in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, Brazil and India. We are the sponsor of SunCoke Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: SXCP), a publicly traded master limited partnership, holding a 2 percent general partner interest, 56 percent limited partnership interest and all of the incentive distribution rights. In addition, we own approximately 110 million tons of proven and probable coal reserves in Virginia and West Virginia. To learn more about SunCoke Energy, Inc., visit our website at www.suncoke.com.
Free cash flow represents distributions from SXCP plus SXC retained Adjusted EBITDA less cash interest, cash taxes, capital expenditures and any adjustments for any non-cash items.
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