THOMASVILLE, Ga., May 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO), producer of Nature's Own, Dave's Killer Bread, Wonder, Canyon Bakehouse, Tastykake, and other bakery foods, today announced that its board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $ 0.22 per share, an increase of 4.8% over the same quarter last year. This is the 79th consecutive quarterly dividend paid by the company and is payable on June 23, 2022, to shareholders of record on June 9, 2022. This action increases the annualized dividend rate to $0.88 per share from $0.84 per share at this time last year.
In other actions, the board increased the company's share repurchase authorization by 20 million shares. At the close of the company's first quarter on April 23, 2022, 5.4 million shares remained under the existing authorization. With the board's action today, the current authorization increases to 25.4 million shares, affording ample repurchase capacity as the company continues to execute its growth plan and maintain balance sheet discipline.
"I am pleased to announce the board's decision to increase the dividend and share repurchase authorization, which reflects our confidence in Flowers' growth prospects and balance sheet strength," said Ryals McMullian, Flowers Foods president and CEO. "The fundamentals of our business remain strong, and we are working steadfastly to enhance our prospects. Our strong cash flow enables continued investment in our leading brands, while enhancing shareholder return via a growing dividend and opportunistic share repurchases."
The Board's authorization permits the Company to make purchases of its Common Stock from time to time in the open market or through privately negotiated transactions, subject to market and other conditions, up to the aggregate amount authorized by the Board. The Board's authorization has no expiration date.
About Flowers Foods
Headquartered in Thomasville, Ga., Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE: FLO) is one of the largest producers of packaged bakery foods in the United States with 2021 sales of $4.3 billion. Flowers operates bakeries across the country that produce a wide range of bakery products. Among the company's top brands are Nature's Own, Dave's Killer Bread, Wonder, Canyon Bakehouse, and Tastykake. Learn more at www.flowersfoods.com.
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The foregoing list of important factors does not include all such factors, nor necessarily present them in order of importance. In addition, you should consult other disclosures made by the company (such as in our other filings with the SEC or in company press releases) for other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected by the company. Refer to Part I, Item 1A., Risk Factors, of the Form 10-K, Part II, Item 1A., Risk Factors of the Form 10-Q for the quarter ended April 23, 2022 and subsequent filing with the SEC for additional information regarding factors that could affect the company's results of operations, financial condition and liquidity. We caution you not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, as they speak only as of the date made and are inherently uncertain. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise or update such statements, except as required by law. 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