Waddell & Reed Financial
] has a late Christmas present on the way for its investors. Today the Overland Park, Kansas-based broker-dealer and Ivy Funds
parent revealed that it will be increasing its quarterly dividend by 25 percent, to $0.25, for the February 1, 2012 dividend.
With 85.31 million shares of Waddell stock outstanding, that amounts to more than $21.3 million in dividend payments from Waddell next quarter, an increase of almost $4.3 million.
, chairman and CEO, said the increase "reflects the company's strong capital position and [its] commitment to returning value to our stockholders."
Company Press Release
OVERLAND PARK,Kan.--Dec. 15, 2011-- The Board of Directors of Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. (NYSE: WDR) approved an increase in the quarterly dividend on its Class A common stock to $0.25 per share payable on February 1, 2012 to stockholders of record as of January 3, 2012. This new quarterly rate represents an increase of 25% over the previous $0.20 dividend per share rate. “The Board’s decision to increase our dividend reflects the company’s strong capital position,” said Henry J. Herrmann, chairman and chief executive officer, “and our commitment to returning value to our stockholders.”
Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. will announce fourth quarter 2011 earnings before trading begins on the New York Stock Exchange, Tuesday, January 31, 2012, followed by a conference call at 10:00 a.m. Eastern. To listen to this call live on the internet, visit our Web site at www.waddell.com. A replay will be made available shortly after the conclusion of the call and accessible for seven days.
About the Company
Waddell & Reed, Inc., founded in 1937, is one of the oldest mutual fund complexes in the United States, having introduced the Waddell & Reed Advisors Group of Mutual Funds in 1940. Today, we distribute our investment products through the Waddell & Reed Advisors channel (our network of financial advisors), our Wholesale channel (encompassing broker/dealer, retirement, registered investment advisors as well as the activities of our Legend subsidiary), and our Institutional channel (including defined benefit plans, pension plans and endowments, and our subadvisory partnership with Mackenzie in Canada).
Through its subsidiaries, Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. provides investment management and financial planning services to clients throughout the United States. Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company serves as investment advisor to the Waddell & Reed Advisors Group of Mutual Funds, Ivy Funds Variable Insurance Portfolios and Waddell & Reed InvestEd Portfolios, while Ivy Investment Management Company serves as investment advisor to Ivy Funds. Waddell & Reed, Inc. serves as principal underwriter and distributor to the Waddell & Reed Advisors Group of Mutual Funds, Ivy Funds Variable Insurance Portfolios and Waddell & Reed InvestEd Portfolios, while Ivy Funds Distributor, Inc. serves as principal underwriter and distributor to Ivy Funds.
Source: Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc.
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