Each of China Digital's American Depositary Shares (ADS) represents one ordinary share. Shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 14 will be eligible to receive the dividend, which should be paid on or around May 9. This is the fifth time the company has declared a dividend since its IPO in 2007.
"China Digital TV is always looking to provide excellent value to our shareholders and we believe that a special dividend is a prudent use of cash at this time," said Chairman and CEO Jianhua Zhu in a statement. "Our balance sheet and revenue remain strong enough to support our continued focus on R&D and other long-term objectives."
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TheStreet Ratings team rates CHINA DIGITALTV HLDG CO -ADS as a "hold" with a ratings score of C+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate CHINA DIGITALTV HLDG CO -ADS (STV) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good."