SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 30, 2018
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
|6 Liberty Lane West, Hampton, New Hampshire||03842-1720|
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|Item 7.01||Regulation FD Disclosure|
At its January 30, 2018 meeting, the Unitil Corporation (the Registrant) Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend on the Companys common stock of $0.365 per share, payable February 28, 2018, to shareholders of record on February 14, 2018, an increase of $0.005 per share on a quarterly basis, resulting in an increase in the effective annualized dividend rate to $1.46 per share from $1.44 per share. A copy of the Registrants press release issued regarding this matter is included herein as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference.
The information furnished under Item 7.01 of this Current Report, including Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto, shall not be deemed filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.
|Item 8.01||Other Events|
At its January 30, 2018 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Registrant declared a quarterly dividend on the Companys common stock of $0.365 per share, payable February 28, 2018, to shareholders of record on February 14, 2018, an increase of $0.005 per share on a quarterly basis, resulting in an increase in the effective annualized dividend rate to $1.46 per share from $1.44 per share.
|Item 9.01||Financial Statements and Exhibits|
|99.1||Press release dated January 30, 2018.|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|Mark H. Collin|
|Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer|
|Date:||February 2, 2018|
UNITIL INCREASES ANNUAL COMMON STOCK DIVIDEND BY $0.02 PER SHARE
HAMPTON, NH, January 30, 2018: Unitil Corporation (NYSE:UTL) (www.unitil.com) today announced that its Board of Directors raised the quarterly dividend on the Companys common stock to $0.365 per share, increasing the effective annual dividend rate by $0.02 to $1.46 per share. The Board declared the first quarter common stock dividend of $0.365 per share, payable February 28, 2018, to shareholders of record on February 14, 2018.
We understand the importance of the dividend to our shareholders. Today we are pleased to report that once again weve increased our quarterly dividend rate. This reflects the continued confidence we have in our growth plan, said Robert G. Schoenberger, Unitils chairman, president, and chief executive officer.
Unitil has an unbroken record of continuously paying quarterly cash dividends and has never decreased the dividend on its common stock.
About Unitil Corporation
Unitil Corporation provides energy for life by safely and reliably delivering natural gas and electricity in New England. We are committed to the communities we serve and to developing people, business practices, and technologies that lead to the delivery of dependable, more efficient energy. Unitil Corporation is a public utility holding company with operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Together, Unitils operating utilities serve approximately 105,000 electric customers and 81,300 natural gas customers. Other subsidiaries include Usource, Unitils non-regulated business segment. For more information about our people, technologies, and community involvement please visit www.unitil.com.
For more information please contact:
David Chong Investor Relations
Alec OMeara Media Relations
6 Liberty Lane West
Hampton, NH 03842