Gap Inc. announced that its Board of Directors intends to increase the company’s annual dividend per share from $0.60 to $0.80 beginning in the third quarter of 2013. This represents a 60 percent increase over the fiscal 2012 dividend per share of $0.50. The announcement underscores the company’s commitment to distributing excess cash to shareholders.
The company also announced that its Board of Directors has authorized the third quarter dividend of $0.20 per share, payable on or after October 30, 2013 to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 16, 2013.
Since 2004 the company’s dividend has grown almost ten-fold, from $0.02 per quarter to $0.20. During the same period, Gap Inc. has returned over $14 billion to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends.
About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, children, and babies under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2012 net sales were $15.7 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,100 company-operated stores, over 300 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites.