ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The board of directors of Ecolab Inc. declared a 6 percent increase in the company’s quarterly cash dividend to $0.37 per common share, to be paid Jan. 17, 2017, to shareholders of record at the close of business on Dec. 20, 2016. This increase results in a new indicated annual cash dividend of $1.48 per share in 2017 and represents Ecolab’s 25th consecutive annual dividend rate increase.
Ecolab has paid cash dividends on its common stock for 80 consecutive years.
Commenting on the increase, Douglas M. Baker, Jr., Ecolab’s chairman and chief executive officer said, “This cash dividend increase reflects our longstanding commitment to use our strong cash flow to steadily invest in the key drivers for future business growth and enhance shareholder returns.”
A trusted partner at more than one million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With 2015 sales of $13.5 billion and 47,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world. For more Ecolab news and information, visit www.ecolab.com.