George Freeman, our Chairman, President and CEO; Airton Hentschke, our Chief Operating Officer; and Johan Kroner, our Chief Financial Officer, are here with me today and will join me in answering questions after these brief remarks.This call is being webcast live and will be available on our website and on telephone taped replay. To address these challenges, we are working closely with our customers to accelerate tobacco shipments in some origins where vessels and containers have been available, while diligently managing slower tobacco shipments in origins with reduced container and vessel availability.
George C. Freeman, III, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Corporation (NYSE:UVV), stated, "I am pleased with our results for the first six months of fiscal year 2022. Our tobacco operations have continued to perform well, and our ingredients operations, which include our October 2020 acquisition of Silva International, Inc. ("Silva"), are making solid contributions to our results.
George C. Freeman, III, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Universal Corporation (NYSE:UVV), announced today that the Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of seventy-eight cents ($0.78) per share on the common shares of the Company, payable February 7, 2022, to common shareholders of record at the close of business on January 10, 2022.