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Fastenal Company Announces Cash Dividend

Fastenal Company Announces Cash Dividend

WINONA, Minn., Jan. 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Fastenal Company of
Winona, MN (Nasdaq:FAST) reported its Board of Directors declared a dividend
of $0.10 per share to be paid in cash on March 1, 2013 to shareholders of
record at the close of business on February 1, 2013.

Fastenal began paying an annual dividend in 1991, expanded to a semi-annual
dividend in 2003, and then switched to a quarterly dividend in 2011. In 2012,
we paid four quarterly dividends of $0.17 in February, $0.17 in May, $0.19 in
August, $0.21 in November, and a special supplemental dividend of $0.50 in
December. Our Board of Directors intends to continue paying quarterly
dividends, provided that any future determination as to payment of dividends
will depend upon the financial condition and results of operations of the
Company and such other factors as are deemed relevant by the Board of
Directors, such as dividend tax rates.

Dividend and stock repurchase activity in the last ten years are as follows:

                                          Total       
                                          value of    Per share
            Total        Dividends per share repurchased price of
    Dividend dividends    Regular   Total     shares      repurchased
Year payments paid (000's) dividend  dividend  (000's)     shares
                                                     
2013 One^1    $29,656    $0.10   $0.10   $—        $ —
2012 Five^2   $367,306   $0.74   $1.24   $—        $ —
2011 Four     $191,741   $0.65   $0.65   $—        $ —
2010 Three^2  $182,814   $0.41   $0.62   $—        $ —
2009 Two      $106,943   $0.36   $0.36   $41,104   $18.69
2008 Three^2  $117,474   $0.26   $0.395  $25,958   $22.00
2007 Two      $66,216    $0.22   $0.22   $87,312   $20.93
2006 Two      $60,548    $0.20   $0.20   $17,294   $18.25
2005 Two      $46,935    $0.155  $0.155  $18,739   $13.38
2004 Two      $30,350    $0.10   $0.10   $ —         $ —

^1The total dividends paid amount includes the estimated impact from this
announcement.The estimate is calculated using the 296.6 million shares
outstanding at the end of the previous quarter.

^2There was a supplemental dividend paid in December 2012, 2010, and 2008.

All per share information reflects the two-for-one stock splits in both 2011
and 2005.

Fastenal sells different types of industrial and construction supplies in the
following product categories: threaded fasteners and miscellaneous supplies;
tools; metal cutting tool blades and abrasives; fluid transfer components and
accessories for hydraulic and pneumatic power; material handling; storage and
packaging products; janitorial, chemical and paint products; electrical
supplies; welding supplies; safety supplies; metals, alloys and materials; and
office supplies.

Additional information regarding Fastenal is available on the Fastenal Company
World Wide Web site at www.fastenal.com.

The Fastenal Company logo is available at
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=6432

This press release contains statements that are not historical in nature and
that are intended to be, and are hereby identified as, "forward looking
statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995, including a statement regarding expectations as to payment of a
quarterly cash dividend in the foreseeable future. Any future determination as
to payment of dividends will depend upon the financial condition and results
of operations of the Company and such other factors as are deemed relevant by
the Board of Directors. For example, a change in business needs including
working capital and funding for acquisitions, or a change in tax law relating
to dividends, could cause the Company to decide not to pay a dividend in the
future. A discussion of other risks and uncertainties is included in the
Company's 2011 annual report on Form 10-K under the section captioned "Risk
Factors" and the Company's 2011 annual and 2012 quarterly reports under the
section captioned "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition
and Results of Operations". FAST-D

CONTACT: Sheryl Lisowski
         Controller
         507.453.8550

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