Dana Corporation Increases Dividend to 6 Cents Per Share
Oct 21, 2003
TOLEDO, Ohio, Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Citing confidence in the company's performance and direction, the Board of Directors of Dana Corporation (NYSE: DCN) today declared a dividend on the company's common stock of 6 cents per share, an increase of 5 cents per share from the previous payment. The dividend is payable on Dec. 15, 2003, to shareholders of record on Dec. 1, 2003. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990903/DANA ) "We are pleased that our continuing success in executing our restructuring plan has enabled us to provide our shareholders with this dividend increase," said Glen Hiner, Dana's Acting Chairman. "We committed to our shareholders that we would revisit our dividend policy as our results approached what could be considered 'investment grade' performance. Our confidence that our net debt-to-capital will be below 50 percent by year-end moves us toward that goal. Increasing the dividend at this time is also consistent with our expectation of continued improvement in earnings and cash flow." He added, "This action reflects the strong belief of Dana that dividends are an important component of the total return that Dana provides to our shareholders." Dana Corporation is a global leader in the design, engineering, and manufacture of value-added products and systems for automotive, commercial, and off-highway vehicle manufacturers and their related aftermarkets. The company employs approximately 60,000 people worldwide. Founded in 1904 and based in Toledo, Ohio, Dana operates hundreds of technology, manufacturing, and customer service facilities in 30 countries. The company reported 2002 sales of $9.5 billion. Certain statements contained in this release constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements represent Dana's expectations based on our current information and assumptions. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties. Dana's actual results could differ materially from those that are anticipated or projected due to a number of factors. These factors include national and international economic conditions; adverse effects from terrorism or hostilities; the strength of other currencies relative to the U.S. dollar; the cyclical nature of the global vehicular industry; the performance of the global aftermarket sector; changes in business relationships with our major customers and in the timing, size and continuation of their and our programs; the ability of our customers and suppliers to achieve their projected sales and production levels; competitive pressures on our sales and pricing; increases in production or material costs that cannot be recouped in product pricing; the impact of our collective bargaining negotiations and those of our customers in the North American light vehicle sector; the continued success of our cost reduction and cash management programs and of our long-term transformation strategy for the company; costs associated with the tender offer for our common stock that was commenced on July 9, 2003, by ArvinMeritor, Inc.; and other factors set out in our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Dana does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements contained in this release.
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