April 26 - The board of directors of Peoples Bancorp Inc. in Marietta, Ohio, (Nasdaq: PEBO) has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 14 cents per common share, representing a 17 percent increase from last quarter's dividend.
"The board's decision to increase the dividend reflects our confidence in Peoples' long-term earnings outlook and our commitment to enhancing shareholder value," said Chuck Sulerzyski, Peoples' president and CEO. "We remain committed to generating excellent shareholder returns through consistently strong earnings with appropriate dividend payouts."
The dividend is payable on May 20, 2013, to common shareholders of record on May 6, 2013. Based on 10.8 million common shares currently outstanding, the dividend declared represents a payout of approximately $1.5 million, or 30.1 percent of Peoples' reported first quarter 2013 earnings. This quarterly dividend also produces an annualized yield of 2.72 percent based on the closing stock price of Peoples' common shares of $20.59 on April 24, 2013.
Peoples Bancorp Inc. is a diversified financial products and services company with $1.9 billion in assets, 48 locations and 44 ATMs in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. Peoples makes available a complete line of banking, investment, insurance and trust solutions through its subsidiaries – Peoples Bank, National Association and Peoples Insurance Agency LLC. Peoples' common shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "PEBO," and Peoples is a member of the Russell 3000 index of US publicly traded companies. Learn more about Peoples at www.peoplesbancorp.com.