ArcBest® Declares an $0.08/Share Quarterly Dividend, Announces Extension of Share Repurchase Program
FORT SMITH, Arkansas, January 28, 2021 – The Board of Directors of ArcBest® (Nasdaq: ARCB) has declared a quarterly cash dividend of eight cents ($0.08) per share to holders of record of its Common Stock, $0.01 par value, on February 11, 2021, payable on February 25, 2021.
ArcBest also announced that its Board of Directors has extended its share repurchase program by authorizing a total of $50.0 million available for purchases of ArcBest’s Common Stock, increasing the balance from the $6.6 million remaining from the extension authorized in 2015. Purchases may be made on the open market or in privately negotiated transactions and are subject to market conditions, corporate, regulatory and other considerations, and the program may be suspended or discontinued at any time by the Board of Directors. The principal purposes of the share repurchase program are to offset dilution from stock issuances under the company’s equity incentive plans and enhance long-term stockholder value.
ArcBest® (Nasdaq: ARCB) is a leading logistics company with creative problem solvers who deliver innovative solutions for our customers’ supply chain needs. We’ll find a way to deliver knowledge, expertise and a can-do attitude with every shipment and supply chain solution, household move or vehicle repair. At ArcBest, we’re More Than Logistics®. For more information, visit arcb.com.
Investor Relations Contact: David Humphrey
Title: Vice President – Investor Relations
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