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  • dudesbag dudesbag Oct 27, 2013 9:26 AM Flag

    Now that the Q3 data is in and met expectations....

    what about dividend increase expectations? I'd say $.05 is the conservative number while $.06 might be more likely. If it's $.06, then we have a 2.86% yield (based on $95 share price) which actually is much lower than the 3% or so that has been our recent norm. So, it wouldn't be a stretch to go to $.08 which on a $95 share price would equal about 2.95%. In recent times we've been concentrating on both small, strategic acquisitions and share buybacks after the TNT (thankfully) denial. While I know our incentive plan requires a substantial number of shares to be available for distribution, we have been offering a passive reward to shareholders of better EPS and therefore buttressing share price. But, since share price only is a factor if you sell, for long-term holders why not reward them thru higher dividends? A # of large companies like UPS have been focusing on double digit dividend increases while ours have been in the high single digits. I'd like to see the $.08 or, pray tell, even a special one-time dividend after the union negotiations end.

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