"Our recommended two-for-one stock split reflects the Board of Directors' continued confidence in the long-term growth and financial performance of our Company," said Muhtar Kent, Chairman and CEO of The Coca‑Cola Company. "Our system's 2020 Vision to double our revenues over this decade provides a clear roadmap for creating value for our consumers, customers, bottling partners and shareowners. A stock split reflects our desire to share value with an ever-growing number of people and organizations around the world."
Implementation of the stock split is subject to approval by shareowners of an increase in the number of authorized shares of the Company's common stock from 5.6 billion to 11.2 billion. These matters will be voted on at a special shareowners meeting anticipated to be held on July 10, 2012. If approved, the record date for the split is expected to be on or about July 27, 2012. Each shareowner of record on the close of business on the record date will receive one additional share of common stock for each share held. The new shares are expected to be distributed on or about Aug. 10, 2012.
Additional details of the special meeting and the proposed split will be included in a proxy statement, which will be distributed in connection with the special meeting.
The Coca‑Cola Company's common stock began trading in 1919. Since its original listing, the stock has split 10 times - first in 1927 and most recently in 1996. With all dividends reinvested annually, one share of common stock purchased for $40 in 1919 would be worth approximately $9.8 million today. During the same time, The Coca‑Cola Company's market value has grown from approximately $20 million to more than $165 billion.
Earlier this year, the Company also announced its 50 th consecutive annual dividend increase, raising the quarterly dividend 8.5 percent from 47 to 51 cents per common share. This is equivalent to an annual dividend of $2.04 per share, up from $1.88 per share in 2011. The increase builds on the $8.6 billion the Company returned to shareowners in 2011 through $4.3 billion in dividends and $4.3 billion in share repurchases.
About The Coca‑Cola Company
The Coca‑Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca‑Cola, the world's most valuable brand, our Company's portfolio features 15 billion dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca‑Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.8 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system employees. For more information, visit www.coca-colacompany.com, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CocaColaCo or find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/the-coca-cola-company.
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