ARLINGTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Board of Directors of The AES Corporation (NYSE:AES) approved a 10% increase in the Company’s quarterly common stock dividend, from $0.10 per share to $0.11 per share, beginning in the first quarter of 2016. The Board will continue to review the dividend on an annual basis.
“This marks the third consecutive annual increase since we instituted the dividend in 2012,” said Andrés Gluski, AES President and Chief Executive Officer. “Consistently raising our dividend demonstrates management’s commitment to delivering a steady and growing dividend to shareholders.”
“We continue to expect strong and growing cash flow, which is the basis for increases in our dividend. Delivering our targeted 10% annual dividend increase reflects our confidence in the future 10% growth of our free cash flow,” said Tom O’Flynn, AES Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
The Company’s first quarterly 2016 common stock dividend of $0.11 per share is payable on February 16, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 2, 2016.
The AES Corporation (NYSE:AES) is a Fortune 200 global power company. We provide affordable, sustainable energy to 18 countries through our diverse portfolio of distribution businesses as well as thermal and renewable generation facilities. Our workforce of 18,500 people is committed to operational excellence and meeting the world’s changing power needs. Our 2014 revenues were $17 billion and we own and manage $39 billion in total assets. To learn more, please visit www.aes.com. Follow AES on Twitter @TheAESCorp.
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This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those related to future earnings, growth and financial and operating performance. Forward-looking statements are not intended to be a guarantee of future results, but instead constitute AES’ current expectations based on reasonable assumptions. Forecasted financial information is based on certain material assumptions. These assumptions include, but are not limited to, our accurate projections of future interest rates, commodity price and foreign currency pricing, continued normal levels of operating performance and electricity volume at our distribution companies and operational performance at our generation businesses consistent with historical levels, as well as achievements of planned productivity improvements and incremental growth investments at normalized investment levels and rates of return consistent with prior experience.
Actual results could differ materially from those projected in our forward-looking statements due to risks, uncertainties and other factors. Important factors that could affect actual results are discussed in AES’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including, but not limited to, the risks discussed under Item 1A “Risk Factors” and Item 7: Management’s Discussion & Analysis in AES’ 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in subsequent reports filed with the SEC. Readers are encouraged to read AES’ filings to learn more about the risk factors associated with AES’ business. AES undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Any Stockholder who desires a copy of the Company’s 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K dated on or about February 25, 2015 with the SEC may obtain a copy (excluding Exhibits) without charge by addressing a request to the Office of the Corporate Secretary, The AES Corporation, 4300 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22203. Exhibits also may be requested, but a charge equal to the reproduction cost thereof will be made. A copy of the Form 10-K may be obtained by visiting the Company’s website at www.aes.com.