HILLIARD, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (NYSE: WMS) (“ADS” or the “Company”), a leading global manufacturer of water management products and solutions for commercial, residential, infrastructure and agricultural applications, today announced its Board of Directors has approved a special cash dividend of $1.00 per share as well as a quarterly cash dividend on ADS common stock of $0.09 per share.
Scott Barbour, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Today’s special dividend declaration is the latest step in our commitment to return capital to shareholders. Given our strong balance sheet and favorable financial position, we are able to do this while preserving the financial and operational flexibility to pursue acquisitions and other capital investments as part of our three-year growth plan."
The special dividend of $1.00 per share will be paid on June 14, 2019 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 3, 2019. The aggregate payment will be approximately $75 million, funded through existing cash and additional borrowings. In accordance with the terms of the ESOP, the special dividend on loan encumbered ESOP preferred shares will be used by the ESOP to repay a portion of the outstanding ESOP loan balance owed to the Company. Approximately 11.6 million ESOP preferred shares will be released from the ESOP loan encumbrance and allocated to ESOP participants’ plan accounts on June 30, 2019, triggering a one-time non-cash, non-tax-deductible ESOP compensation charge that the Company expects to realize in the first quarter of fiscal year 2020.
The increased quarterly cash dividend of $0.09 per share will also be paid on June 14, 2019 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 3, 2019.
About the Company
Advanced Drainage Systems is the leading manufacturer of high performance thermoplastic corrugated pipe, providing a comprehensive suite of water management products and superior drainage solutions for use in the construction and infrastructure marketplace. Its innovative products are used across a broad range of end markets and applications, including non-residential, residential, agriculture and infrastructure applications. The Company has established a leading position in many of these end markets by leveraging its national sales and distribution platform, overall product breadth and scale and manufacturing excellence. Founded in 1966, the Company operates a global network of approximately 55 manufacturing plants and over 30 distribution centers. To learn more about ADS, please visit the Company’s website at www.ads-pipe.com.
Forward Looking Statements
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