WESTERVILLE, Ohio, Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Lancaster Colony Corporation (LANC) announced today that its Board of Directors voted to raise the regular quarterly cash dividend to 60 cents per common share, marking 55 consecutive years of increasing regular cash dividends. The company is one of only 14 U.S. companies to have increased regular cash dividends each year for 55 consecutive years. The dividend will be payable December 29, 2017 to shareholders of record on December 8, 2017. As of the record date for today's annual shareholder meeting, there were 27,442,591 common shares outstanding.
Voting at the annual meeting, shareholders reelected three incumbent directors: Robert L. Fox, Account Executive at Sweney Cartwright & Co.; John B. Gerlach, Jr., Executive Chairman of Lancaster Colony; and Robert P. Ostryniec, retired Chief Product Supply Officer of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
David A. Ciesinski, Chief Executive Officer of Lancaster Colony, said, "The increased regular cash dividend reflects the company's continued strong financial position and will be the 218th consecutive regular quarterly cash dividend paid by the company since September 1963." He noted that the indicated annual payout for the current fiscal year ending June 30, 2018 is $2.35 per share, up from the $2.15 per share paid in fiscal 2017.
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- changes in our cash flow or use of cash in various business activities; and
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