American automobile manufacturer, Ford Motor Co., citing improved liquidity, boosted its quarterly dividend for common and Class B stock by 25 percent to 12.5 cents a share.
Ford, in a statement said, the increase reflects the automaker’s strong performance in 2013, adding that its liquidity position improved by $3 billion through the third quarter.
The dividend is payable March 3 to shareholders of record at the close on Jan. 31. The automaker had reinstated its dividend in 2012 at 5 cents a share and doubled it to 10 cents a year ago.
Ford rose 1.9 percent to $15.84 at the close today in New York. The shares advanced 19 percent last year as the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index gained 30 percent. The increased dividend, if maintained for the year, will pay $35.45 million on those shares.
CFO, Bob Shanks, in a statement said: “This increase in the dividend provides our shareholders with a regular, growing dividend that we believe is sustainable over an economic or business cycle.”