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Fastenal Company Announces Cash Dividend

WINONA, Minn., Oct. 10, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Fastenal Company of Winona, MN (Nasdaq:FAST) reported its Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.21 per share to be paid in cash on November 26, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 29, 2012.

Fastenal began paying an annual dividend in 1991, expanded to a semi-annual dividend in 2003, and then switched to a quarterly dividend in 2011. In 2012, we have previously paid three dividends ($0.17 in February, $0.17 in May, and $0.19 in August). Our Board of Directors intends to continue paying quarterly dividends, provided that any future determination as to payment of dividends will depend upon the financial condition and results of operations of the Company and such other factors as are deemed relevant by the Board of Directors.

Dividend and stock repurchase activity in the last ten years are as follows:

             
      Dividends per share    
Year Dividend  payments Total dividends paid (000's) Regular dividend Total dividend Total value of repurchased shares (000's) Per share price of repurchased shares
             
2012 Four 1  $ 219,035  $ 0.74  $ 0.74  $ --   $ -- 
2011 Four  $ 191,741  $ 0.65  $ 0.65  $ --   $ -- 
2010 Three 2  $ 182,814  $ 0.41  $ 0.62  $ --   $ -- 
2009 Two  $ 106,943  $ 0.36  $ 0.36  $ 41,104  $ 18.69
2008 Three 2  $ 117,474  $ 0.26  $ 0.395  $ 25,958  $ 22.00
2007 Two  $ 66,216  $ 0.22  $ 0.22  $ 87,312  $ 20.93
2006 Two  $ 60,548  $ 0.20  $ 0.20  $ 17,294  $ 18.25
2005 Two  $ 46,935  $ 0.155  $ 0.155  $ 18,739  $ 13.38
2004 Two  $ 30,350  $ 0.10  $ 0.10  $ --   $ -- 
2003 Two  $ 15,935  $ 0.053  $ 0.053  $ --   $ -- 

1 The total dividends paid amount includes the estimated impact from this announcement. The estimate is calculated using the 296.3 million shares outstanding at the end of the previous quarter. 

There was a supplemental dividend paid in both December 2010 and 2008.

All per share information reflects the two-for-one stock splits in both 2011 and 2005.

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