"The possibility of continued poor market conditions beyond 2009, along with increased pension funding requirements, compels us to take precautionary action," CEO Dean A. Scarborough said.
"The size of the dividend reduction reflects a combination of the company's near-term debt reduction target, as well as our target to pay a cash dividend of 40 to 50 percent of normalized earnings over time," he said, adding that when the company's outlook improves, it expects to raise its dividend." ( source)
This dividend cut ended Avery Dennison’s 32-year streak of consecutive annual dividend increases for this dividend aristocrat. The company last raised its distributions in December 2007. I didn’t own any stock in Avery, but If I did I would have sold it immediately after the news.
Avery Dennison Corporation is engaged in the production of pressure-sensitive materials, office products and a variety of tickets, tags, labels and other converted products. The Company's segments are Pressure-sensitive Materials, Retail Information Services and Office and Consumer Products.
This marks the 8th dividend cut in the Dividend Aristocrats index so far in 2009. The other dividend cutters include:
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One company, Rohm & Haas was taken over by Dow Chemical (DOW) in the first half of 2009.