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Kaiser's Board Okays 12% Hike in Quarterly Dividend Rate

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Kaiser Aluminum Corporation KALU yesterday announced that it is rewarding shareholders in the form of a hike in the quarterly dividend rate. The increment marks its 9th consecutive year of a dividend rate increase.

We believe that such shareholder-friendly policies of the company reflect strong cash position.

Inside the Headlines

As revealed, Kaiser’s board of directors approved a hike of 12% or 7 cents per share in the quarterly dividend rate, which now moved from 60 cents to 67 cents. On an annualized basis, the dividend increased to $2.68 per share from $2.40.

Kaiser will pay out the revised dividend on Feb 14, 2020, to shareholders of record as of Jan 24.

Sound Shareholder-Friendly Policies

The company firmly believes in rewarding shareholders handsomely through dividend payments. In the last three years (2017-2019), its cash dividend payout increased from $2.00 per share in 2017 to $2.40 in 2019. The last dividend payment of 60 cents was made on Nov 15, 2019.

Notably, the company had raised the quarterly dividend rate by 9% in January 2019.

We believe that impressive financial performance in the quarters ahead will likely enable it to continue rewarding shareholders handsomely through dividend increments.

Zacks Rank, Earnings Estimate Trend and Price Performance

Kaiser, with a $1.7-billion market capitalization, currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

The Zacks Consensus Estimate for its earnings is pegged at $6.81 for 2019 (results are awaited) and $7.64 for 2020. While estimates for 2019 have been unchanged from the 60-day-ago figure, that for 2020 has decreased 1.4%.

Kaiser Aluminum Corporation Price and Consensus

 

Kaiser Aluminum Corporation Price and Consensus

Kaiser Aluminum Corporation price-consensus-chart | Kaiser Aluminum Corporation Quote

In the past three months, the company’s share price has increased 9.6% compared with the industry’s growth of 15.4%.





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