PARAMUS, N.J., Mar 12, 2004 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- Movado Group, Inc.
(NYSE: MOV), today announced its Board of Directors has declared a 2-for-1
stock split, subject to shareholder approval of an increase in the Company's
authorized shares. In addition, its Board declared a quarterly dividend of
$0.08 per share on a pre-split basis, a 33.3% increase over the current
quarterly dividend rate.
The stock split is subject to shareholder approval of an amendment to the
Company's Certificate of Incorporation to increase the number of authorized
shares. Shareholders will consider the matter at the Company's Annual Meeting
of Stockholders on June 17, 2004. The additional shares to be issued as a
result of the stock split would be distributed on June 25, 2004, to
shareholders of record on June 11, 2004. Movado Group currently has
approximately 8.8 million shares of Common Stock and 3.4 million shares of
Class A Common Stock (convertible on a one-for-one basis for Common Stock)
outstanding, which would increase to an aggregate of approximately
24.4 million common shares outstanding following the 2-for-1 stock split.
On a pre-split basis, the increased dividend on a quarterly basis is
$0.08 compared to the previous rate of $0.06. The new dividend rate is
effective for the regular quarterly dividend payable on April 30, 2004 to
shareholders of record as of April 16, 2004.
Efraim Grinberg, President and Chief Executive Officer commented, "We
generated operating cash flow in excess of $50 million in fiscal 2004, which
represents our second consecutive year of record cash flow. Additionally,
over the past five years, we have generated more than $150 million in
operating cash flow. We believe that the 33% increase in our quarterly
dividend is a great way for our shareholders to participate in the Company's
successful achievements. At the same time, the purpose of our 2-for-1 stock
split is to make our shares more accessible to investors and increase our
Movado Group, Inc. designs, manufactures, and distributes Movado, Ebel,
Concord, ESQ, Coach and Tommy Hilfiger watches worldwide, and operates Movado
boutiques and Company stores in the United States.
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company
has tried, whenever possible, to identify these forward-looking statements
using words such as "expects," "anticipates," "believes," "targets," "goals,"
"projects," "intends," "plans," "seeks," "estimates," "projects," "may,"
"will," "should" and similar expressions. Similarly, statements in this press
release that describe the Company's business strategy, outlook, objectives,
plans, intentions or goals are also forward-looking statements. Accordingly,
such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties
and other factors that could cause the Company's actual results, performance
or achievements and levels of future dividends to differ materially from those
expressed in, or implied by, these statements. These risks and uncertainties
may include, but are not limited to: the Company's ability to successfully
introduce and sell new products, the Company's ability to successfully
integrate the operations of Ebel without disruption to its other business
activities, changes in consumer demand for the Company's products, risks
relating to the retail industry, import restrictions, competition, seasonality
and the other factors discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K
and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These
statements reflect the Company's current beliefs and are based upon
information currently available to it. Be advised that developments subsequent
to this press release are likely to cause these statements to become outdated
with the passage of time.
SOURCE Movado Group, Inc.
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