Verizon declares quarterly dividend
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - The Board of Directors at Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) today declared a quarterly dividend of 62.75 cents per outstanding share, consistent with the previous three quarters. The quarterly dividend is payable on August 2, 2021, to Verizon shareholders of record at the close of business on July 9, 2021.
“We remain committed to delivering value to our shareholders as we continue to execute our multi-purpose network strategy and grow the top and bottom lines,” said Chairman and CEO Hans Vestberg. “With the strength of our business and revenue growth trajectory, we look forward to putting the Board in the position to raise the dividend again later this year, which we have done for 14 consecutive years.”
Verizon has approximately 4.1 billion shares of common stock outstanding. The company made $10.23 billion in cash dividend payments in 2020.
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