AT&T Board of Directors Approves 3.1 Percent Increase in Quarterly Dividend
21st Consecutive Year for Dividend Increase
San Antonio, Texas, December 9, 2005, The Board of Directors of AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) today approved a 3.1 percent increase in the company’s quarterly dividend. AT&T directors increased the quarterly dividend rate from $0.3225 a share to $0.3325 a share, or $0.04 a share on an annual basis, from $1.29 to $1.33 a share.
The fourth-quarter 2005 dividend will be payable on Feb. 1, 2006, to common stockholders of record on Jan. 10, 2006. Today’s action marks the 21st consecutive year that the board has increased the company’s dividend.
“This increase reflects the board’s ongoing commitment to returning value directly to our stockholders,” said AT&T Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Edward E. Whitacre Jr. “The higher dividend — along with our recent share repurchases — also reflect the board’s confidence in our operating performance and our ability to generate strong cash flow while we invest in growth opportunities.”
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