DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Royal Gold, Inc. (NASDAQ: RGLD) (together with its subsidiaries, “Royal Gold” or the “Company,” “we” or “our”) announced today that its Board of Directors approved an increase in the Company’s annual calendar year common stock dividend of approximately 7% from $1.50 to $1.60 per share, payable on a quarterly basis of $0.40 per share. The first quarterly dividend at the increased rate is payable on January 19, 2024, to shareholders of record at the close of business on January 5, 2024.
“Paying a growing and sustainable dividend continues to be a core strategic objective for Royal Gold,” commented Bill Heissenbuttel, President and CEO of Royal Gold. “We have paid a dividend since 2000, and despite volatility in the gold price we’ve increased our annual dividend every year since 2001. Our focus on consistently increasing our capital return to shareholders is unique in the precious metals sector, and Royal Gold is the only precious metals company in the S&P High Yield Dividend Aristocrats Index.”
Royal Gold is a precious metals stream and royalty company engaged in the acquisition and management of precious metal streams, royalties and similar production-based interests. As of September 30, 2023, the Company owned interests on 181 properties on five continents, including interests on 39 producing mines and 22 development stage projects. Royal Gold is publicly traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol “RGLD.” The Company’s website is located at www.royalgold.com.
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