Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) announced that its Board of Directors approved a regular first quarter cash dividend of $0.49 per common share. This extends the company’s record for the longest consecutive annual and quarterly dividend payments among industrial companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The dividend is payable on Tuesday, March 19 th, 2013 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on Monday, March 11 th, 2013. Stanley Black & Decker, an S&P 500 company, is a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, mechanical access solutions and electronic security solutions, healthcare solutions, engineered fastening systems, and more. Learn more at www.stanleyblackanddecker.com. Statements in this press release that are not historical, including but not limited to those regarding the Company’s ability to increase its dividends in 2012, are “forward looking statements” and subject to risk and uncertainty and actual results may differ materially from those projected or implied in any forward-looking statements. Please refer to our most recent SEC filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K, subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as well as our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, for detailed information regarding factors that could cause or contribute to actual results differing materially from those expressed or implied in such forward-looking statements.