NEW YORK - The Board of Directors of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) today declared a quarterly dividend of 46 cents per outstanding share, an increase of 3 cents per share, or 7.0 percent, from the previous quarter. On an annual basis, this increases Verizon's dividend 12 cents per share, from $1.72 to $1.84 per share.
The quarterly dividend is payable on Nov. 3, 2008, to Verizon Communications shareowners of record at the close of business on Oct. 10, 2008.
"This dividend increase is a sign of Verizon's continuing ability to deliver value to shareowners while making network investments that will provide opportunities for revenue and earnings growth," said Ivan Seidenberg, Verizon chairman and chief executive officer.
Verizon management had said in late July that it would ask the Board of Directors to consider a dividend increase with a goal of moving to an annual dividend increase model.
Verizon has approximately 2.4 million shareowners and approximately 2.8 billion shares of common stock outstanding. The company made $2.5 billion in dividend payments through the first half of 2008, and it last announced a quarterly dividend increase in September 2007.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving nearly 69 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of more than 228,600 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.
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