NEENAH, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bemis Company, Inc. (NYSE: BMS) announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a 3.3 percent increase in the quarterly cash dividend, increasing it to 31 cents per share compared to the previous quarterly dividend of 30 cents per share. The cash dividend is payable on March 1, 2018, to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 20, 2018. This marks the 35th consecutive year that the Company has increased its dividend payment. Bemis has been paying an annual dividend on its stock since 1922 and has been included in Standard & Poor's list of Dividend Aristocrats since 2008.
“Our dividend program is an important part of our shareholders' total return on investment in Bemis Company," said William F. Austen, Bemis Company's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our annual cash dividend has increased consecutively for 35 years, demonstrating confidence in our ability to generate strong cash flow and future growth."
Statements in this release that are not historical, including statements relating to the expected future performance of the Company, are considered “forward-looking” and are presented pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such content is subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to general economic conditions, future changes in cost or availability of raw materials, our ability to adjust selling prices, consumer buying patterns, changes in customer order patterns, the results of competitive bid processes, costs associated with divestitures or the pursuit of business combinations, plant closures, a failure in our information technology infrastructure or applications, foreign currency fluctuations, changes in working capital requirements, changes in government regulations, and the availability and related cost of financing from banks and capital markets. Actual future results and trends may differ materially from historical results or those projected in any such forward-looking statements depending on a variety of factors, which are detailed in the Company's regular SEC filings including the most recently filed Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016.
ABOUT BEMIS COMPANY, INC.
Bemis Company, Inc. (“Bemis” or the “Company”) is a major supplier of flexible and rigid plastic packaging used by leading food, consumer products, healthcare, and other companies worldwide. Founded in 1858, Bemis reported 2017 net sales from continuing operations of $4.0 billion. Bemis has a strong technical base in polymer chemistry, film extrusion, coating and laminating, printing, and converting. Headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, Bemis employs approximately 16,500 individuals worldwide. More information about Bemis is available at our website, www.bemis.com.