Warner Music Group Corp. Announces Quarterly Cash Dividend
NEW YORK, NY, Mar 14, 2006 -- The Board of Directors of Warner Music Group Corp.(NYSE: WMG) today declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.13 per share of common stock, representing an aggregate quarterly dividend of approximately $19.3 million (based on outstanding shares of 148,554,457.724 as of February 10, 2006). The dividend is payable May 3, 2006, to stockholders of record as of the close of business April 3, 2006.
As previously announced, the Company intends to pay regular quarterly dividends on its common stock outstanding in an amount not to exceed $80 million per year. The Board will evaluate whether to pay a dividend on a quarterly basis and will base its decisions on, among other things, our results of operations, cash requirements, financial condition, contractual restrictions and other factors the Board of Directors may deem relevant.
About Warner Music Group
Warner Music Group became the only stand-alone music company to be publicly traded in the United States in May 2005. With its broad roster of new stars and legendary artists, Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, Bad Boy, Cordless, East West, Elektra, Lava, Maverick, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Sire, Warner Bros. and Word. Warner Music International, a leading company in national and international repertoire, operates through numerous international affiliates and licensees in more than 50 countries. Warner Music Group also includes Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's leading music publishers.
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