BEIJING, Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Changyou.com Limited ("Changyou" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: CYOU), a leading online game developer and operator in China, today announced that its board of directors declared a special one-time cash dividend of US$1.9 per Class A or Class B ordinary share, or US$3.8 per American Depositary Share ("ADS"). The total amount of the special cash dividend is approximately US$201 million.
Record holders of the Company's Class A and Class B ordinary shares at the close of business U.S. Eastern Time on August 17, 2012 (the "Record Date") will be entitled to receive the special cash dividend. Holders of the Company's ADSs, each representing two Class A ordinary shares, as of the Record Date will be entitled to the special cash dividend. Changyou expects, Bank of New York Mellon, depositary bank for Changyou's ADR program, to pay out dividends to ADS holders on or before September 30, 2012. The actual distribution date may change. The Company will issue another press release in the event that there is any significant change in the scheduled distribution date.Mr. Tao Wang, chief executive officer of Changyou commented, "Our business is growing as our online games continue its popularity in China and we continue to generate strong free cash flows from operations each quarter. As we have accumulated a sizable cash reserve since our initial public offering, we are happy to announce this special cash dividend in an effort to return value to shareholders. Our strong balance sheet and robust free cash flows will allow us to keep investing in our businesses to strengthen our position as a leading game developer and operator in China and capture arising opportunities in the global online games market. We are confident in our long-term growth potential and ongoing ability to further increase shareholder value." In order to expedite the payment of the special cash dividend, Changyou is expected to finance the payment through offshore bridging bank loans, which would be secured by an equivalent amount of Renminbi-denominated onshore bank deposits of our subsidiaries in China. As of June 30, 2012, the Company had US$464.9 million in cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments. The Company generated US$276.6 million in cash inflows from operations for the year ended December 31, 2011, the most recent year for which financial results have been reported.