Gentex Announces Increase in Quarterly Cash Dividend
ZEELAND, Mich., May 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ:GNTX), the Zeeland, Michigan-based manufacturer of automotive automatic-dimming rearview mirrors, automotive electronics, dimmable aircraft windows, and fire protection products, today reported that its Board of Directors approved an increase in its quarterly cash dividend to $0.10 (10 cents) per share, representing an increase of 11 percent over the current dividend rate. The Board subsequently declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share that will be payable July 19, 2017, to shareholders of record of the common stock at the close of business on July 6, 2017.
Since 2003, Gentex has consistently grown its dividend as an efficient and consistent level of return of capital to shareholders, which represents an approximate 2 percent yield based on the Company’s current stock price. This dividend increase continues to be a key part of the Company’s overall capital allocation strategy and is evidence that the management and board of directors continue to believe in the importance of returning value to Gentex shareholders while representing further confidence in the Company’s future earnings potential.
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About the Company
Founded in 1974, Gentex Corporation (The NASDAQ Global Select Market: GNTX) is a supplier of automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and electronics to the automotive industry, dimmable aircraft windows for aviation markets, and fire protection products to the fire protection market. Visit the Company’s web site at www.gentex.com.
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