The Board of Directors of package delivery company UPS, that has a regional centre in Budapest as well, yesterday increased the quarterly dividend from 33-cents per share to 38-cents per share on all outstanding Class A and Class B shares.
The Board also announced it had appointed Scott Davis, UPS’s chief financial officer, to serve as a director. Davis will replace Lea Soupata, who retired last month as UPS’s senior vice president for human resources. Davis will stand for election to a regular one-year term at the annual shareowners’ meeting in May.
The increase is the fourth dividend boost in the past three years, pushing up the payout by 81% from 21-cents per share since February 2003. The new dividend is payable March 7, 2006, to shareholders of record on Feruary 21, 2006. The Board’s decision to increase the quarterly dividend follows a record performance by the company in 2005 with diluted earnings per share rising 18.4%, and predictions of a strong 2006 with total earnings per share expected to climb 11-to-16%. The company also expects to continue generating substantial free cash flow in 2006.
UPS is one of the world’s largest package delivery companies and a global leader in supply chain services, offering an extensive range of options for synchronizing the movement of goods, information and funds. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. UPS's stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange (UPS).