A. O. Smith announces 22 percent dividend increase to $.22 per share


Milwaukee, Wis.— Directors of A. O. Smith Corporation (NYSE:AOS) today approved a 22 percent increase in the company’s quarterly cash dividend to $.22 per share. This is the second increase in the company’s dividend rate in 2018. The dividend increase affects the company’s Common Stock and Class A Common Stock. 

The dividend is payable on November 15 to shareholders of record October 31. 

“A. O. Smith values its shareholders and works hard to ensure they are rewarded for investing in our company. We are proud to say the five-year compound annual growth rate of our dividend is 30 percent,” Kevin Wheeler, president and chief executive officer, said.  “Our confidence in expected long-term sales growth and associated cash flow allows us to provide an attractive dividend yield.”   

Forward-looking statements
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