FACTBOX-U.S. companies announcing special and early dividends

Wed Dec 5, 2012 11:11pm GMT

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Dec 5 (Reuters) - U.S. companies are rushing to boost
dividends before the end of the year due to uncertainty about
whether lawmakers in Washington can reach a budget deal to avoid
the "fiscal cliff". 
    The $600 billion of automatic tax rises and spending cuts
scheduled for the beginning of next year could include higher
rates for dividends, prompting some companies to either move up
planned payments or declare special dividends.
    At least 50 U.S. companies have made these types of dividend
announcements since Nov. 6. Among the latest, Campbell Soup Co
 said on Tuesday it would move up its January dividend
payment to December and pay an additional dividend in December,
in lieu of an April dividend. 
    Below is a list of U.S. companies that have announced
special dividends or brought dividends forward since Nov. 6. Not
all companies announcing these types of dividends have been
included in the list.
       
 COMPANY          DIV/SHAR  TYPE           PAYOUT*    PAYOUT
                                                      DATE
 The Buckle       $4.50 +   Special/Moved  $225.3     Dec. 21
                  $0.20                    mln        
 Hot Topic        $0.08     Moved          $3.4 mln   Dec. 28
                                                      
 Carnival Corp    $0.50     Special        $297.2     Dec. 28
                                           mln        
 Franklin         $3.00     Special        $636.9     Dec. 20
 Resources                                 mln        
                                                      
 Westlake         $3.75     Special        $250.1     Nov. 26
 Chemical                                  mln        
                                                      
 Lancaster        $5.00     Special        $136.5     Dec. 28
 Colony                                    mln        
 Sturm, Ruger &   $4.50     Special        $86.2 mln  Dec. 21
 Co                                                   
 Gerodyne         $38.30    Special        $56.8 mln  Dec. 14
                                                      
 Wal-Mart         $0.3975   Moved          $1.34 bln  Dec. 27
                                                      
 Bolt Technology  $0.50     Special        $4.3 mln   Dec. 18
                                                      
 Arden Group      $20       Special        61.4 mln   Dec. 18
                                                      
 Access National  $0.70     Special        $7.7 mln   Dec. 17
                                                      
 Tredegar Corp    $0.75     Special        $24.1 mln  Dec. 14
                                                      
 National         $1.50-$3  Special        $69.5 mln  TBD
 Beverage         00                       - $138.9   
                                           mln        
 Dillard's        $5.00     Special        $ 235.7    Dec. 21
                                           mln        
 Las Vegas Sands  $2.75     Special        $3.7 bln   Dec. 18
                                                      
 Weight Watchers  $0.175    Moved          $9.7 mln   Dec. 14
                                                      
 Drew Ind.        $2.00     Special        $44.6 mln  Dec. 20
                                                      
 Ethan Allen      $0.41 +   Special +      $14.4 mln  Dec. 20
                  $0.09     moved                     
 Insperity        $1.00     Special        $25.7 mln  Dec. 21
                                                      
 Heico Corp       $1.14 +   Special +      $49 mln    Dec.21
                  $0.06     moved                     
 Supertex         $1.00     Special        $25.7 mln  Dec. 27
                                                      
 Marten           $0.75 +   Special +      $17.1 mln  Dec.  26
 Transport        $0.025    quarterly                 
                                                      
 Costco           $7.00     Special        $3.0 bln   Dec. 18
 Trans World      $0.47     Special        $14.8 mln  Dec. 26
                                                      
 Movado           $0.75     Special        $18.9 mln  Dec. 21
 Fluor            $0.16     Moved          $26.6 mln  Dec. 26
 Village Super    $1.00     Special        $15 mln    Dec. 27
 Market           per                                 
                  class A                             
                  share,                              
                  $0.65                               
                  per                                 
                  class B                             
                  share                               
 KBW              $2.00     Special        $69 mln    Dec. 17
 Stein Mart       $1.00     Special        $43.7 mln  Dec. 24
                                                      
 Whole Foods      $2.00     Special        $371 mln   Dec. 21
 Market                                               
 Tellabs          $1.00     Special        $367.5     Dec. 21
                                           mln        
 Mastech          $2.00     Special        $6.4 mln   Dec. 21
 Holdings                                             
                                                      
 Enzon            $2.00     Special        $88.8 mln  Dec. 21
 Pharmaceuticals                                      
                                                      
 Oracle           $0.18     Accelerated    $867.4     Dec. 21
                                           mln        
 PetMed Express   $1.00     Special        $20.01     Dec. 24
                                           mln        
 Dish Network     $1.00     Special        $451.43    Dec. 28
                                           mln        
 National Penn    $0.10     Accelerated    $14.96     Dec. 28
 Bancshares                                mln        
                                                      
 Electro          $2.00     Special        $58.8 mln  Dec. 27
 Scientific                                           
                                                      
 Sun Hydraulics   $1.00     Special        $26.09     Dec. 28
                                           mln        
 CDI              $0.13     Accelerated    $2.5 mln   Dec. 26
 Coach            $0.30     Moved          $85.11     Dec. 27
                                           mln        
 Campbell Soup    $0.29     Moved two      $181.8     Dec. 28   
                  +$0.29                   mln        
 Cognex           $1.00     Special        $43 mln    Dec. 24
 Intrepid Potash  $0.75     Special        $56.5 mln  Dec. 27
                                                      
 Eaton Vance      $1.00     Special        $115.2     Dec. 20
                                           mln        
 American Eagle   $0.11     Accelerated    $21.8 mln  Dec. 28
 Outfitters                                           
                                                      
 Dick's Sporting  $2.00     Special        $245.3     Dec. 28
 Goods                                     mln        
 General          $0.51     Accelerated    $180.1     Dec. 26
 Dynamics                                  mln        
 Best Buy         $0.17     Moved          $57.2 mln  Dec. 31
                                                      
 * Figures based on latest data for shares outstanding or taken
from company filings where data is available

 (Reporting by Edward Krudy and Caroline Valetkevitch; Editing
by James Dalgleish, David Gregorio,  Andre Grenon and Andrew
Hay)
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