Caledonia Mining Corporation Plc (LON:CMCL) has announced that the Board of Directors has declared an increased quarterly dividend of ten United States cents (US$0.10) on each of the Company’s common shares.
· 18% increase from the previous quarterly dividend of 8.5 cents paid in July 2020
· 45% cumulative increase from the level of 6.875 cents since October 2019
· Third increase in the dividend since October 2019
· Significant business resilience demonstrated through the COVID 19 pandemic
· Central Shaft equipping on track to be completed in Q4 2020 and commissioning to be completed by end of Q1 2021
· Stable production, a high gold price and good cost control have resulted in increased cash generation in 2020; this has given the Board confidence that the business can sustain a higher level of dividend distributions before the benefits of the completion of Central Shaft are realised.
Commenting on the announcement, Steve Curtis, Caledonia Mining Chief Executive Officer, said:
“We are pleased to announce an 18 per cent increase in our quarterly dividend, the third increase in the past nine months, representing a cumulative 45 per cent increase on the dividend in the past 12 months. The decision by the Board to increase the dividend reflects our continued and increasing confidence in the outlook for our business. As we reported in our Q2 2020 results, the business continues to perform well, supported by strong production and a firm gold price.
“As we approach the end of the six-year investment programme at Blanket Mine, we anticipate that the rate of capital expenditure will begin to reduce in 2021. We expect the combination of rising production and declining capital investment to give us greater flexibility to consider further increases in the dividend in addition to possible investment in new projects.”
The relevant dates relating to the dividend are as follows:
· Ex-dividend date: October 15, 2020
· Record date: October 16, 2020
· Dividend cheque mailing date: October 30, 2020
Shareholders with a registered address in the UK will be paid in Sterling.
Caledonia’s Dividend Policy
Caledonia’s strategy to maximise shareholder value includes a quarterly dividend policy which the Board of Directors adopted in 2014. The Board will consider future increases in the dividend as appropriate and in line with its prudent approach to risk management.