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ZEELAND, Mich., March 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ: GNTX), a leading supplier of digital vision, connected car, dimmable glass, and fire protection products, today reported that its Board of Directors recently authorized an increase of 5% to the quarterly cash dividend to $0.115 (11.5 cents) per share.
Also, at its most recent meeting, the Board of Directors authorized the purchase of an additional 25 million shares of its common stock. This new share repurchase authorization is in addition to those shares that were previously authorized for repurchase. The Company may vary the level of share repurchases from time to time, depending on macroeconomic issues, market trends and other factors that the Company deems appropriate.
“In early 2018, we announced our first formal capital allocation strategy, which included increased dividends and more consistent share repurchases as an integral piece in the Company’s overall strategy of creating value for shareholders. This recent board approved increase in dividends and share repurchase authorization is a logical next step in our capital allocation strategy,” said Steve Downing, the Company’s President and CEO. “While the automotive market certainly has some challenges, we are focused on continuing our strategy to use the cash flow generated from our technology platforms to invest in new product development, deploy new equipment and processes, increase dividends, and continue our significant share repurchase program, all of which are designed to help the Company achieve above market returns.”
The next dividend will be paid at the new quarterly cash dividend rate and will be payable on April 24, 2019 to shareholders of record of the common stock at the close of business on April 10, 2019.
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About the Company
Founded in 1974, Gentex Corporation (The NASDAQ Global Select Market: GNTX) is a leading supplier of digital vision, connected car, dimmable glass and fire protection technologies. Visit the Company’s web site at www.gentex.com.
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