SPARKS, Md., April 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of McCormick & Company, Incorporated (NYSE: MKC) today declared a quarterly dividend of $0.34 per share on its common stock payable April 29, 2013 to shareholders of record on April 15, 2013. This is the 89 th year of consecutive dividend payments by the Company.
The Board of Directors also authorized a new share repurchase program. Under the new program, McCormick is authorized to purchase up to $400 million of its outstanding shares. In 2013, the company expects to complete the current $400 million share repurchase program which was authorized in June 2010.
Alan D. Wilson, Chairman, President & CEO said: "In the past five years, we have returned nearly $1 billion of cash to our shareholders through dividends and share repurchases. Today's announcement reflects our outlook for continued profit growth and our commitment to deliver value to McCormick shareholders."
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