TULSA, Okla., Oct. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The board of directors of ONEOK, Inc. (OKE) today declared a quarterly dividend of 61.5 cents per share, effective for the third quarter 2016, resulting in an annualized dividend of $2.46 per share. The dividend is payable Nov. 14, 2016, to shareholders of record at the close of business Oct. 31, 2016.
ONEOK has increased its dividend by 54 percent since becoming the pure-play general partner of ONEOK Partners in February 2014.
ONEOK, Inc. (pronounced ONE-OAK) (OKE) is the general partner and as of June 30, 2016, owns 41.2 percent of ONEOK Partners, L.P. (OKS), one of the largest publicly traded master limited partnerships, which owns one of the nation's premier natural gas liquids (NGL) systems, connecting NGL supply in the Mid-Continent, Permian and Rocky Mountain regions with key market centers and is a leader in the gathering, processing, storage and transportation of natural gas in the U.S. ONEOK is a FORTUNE 500 company and is included in Standard & Poor's (S&P) 500 Stock Index.
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