Brown-Forman Increases Cash Dividend 13.7%; Extends Revolving Credit Facility Business Wire LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- November 21, 2013 Brown-Forman (NYSE:BFA) (NYSE:BFB) announced today that its Board of Directors increased its quarterly cash dividend on its Class A and Class B Common Stock by 13.7% to 29 cents per share from the prior quarter’s 25½ cents per share. As a result, the indicated annual cash dividend will rise from $l.02 per share to $1.16 per share. Stockholders of record on December 4, 2013 will receive the cash dividend on December 27, 2013. Three years ago the company accelerated the regular dividend payment date from January into December, and intends to maintain a dividend payment schedule of April, July, October and December for the foreseeable future. Paul Varga, Chief Executive Officer, said, “This increase in our dividend reflects a number of factors, most notably the continuing progress of the company since we last increased our dividend one year ago, as well as our expectations of continuing growth.” Varga added, “The fact that this rise in the dividend comes on top of our most significant capital expenditure reinvestment in years is a testament to the strength of our cash flows and the quality of our balance sheet.” This marks Brown-Forman’s 68^th consecutive year of quarterly dividends and the 30^th consecutive year it has increased the annualized dividend. Brown-Forman is a member of the prestigious Standard & Poor’s 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index which is comprised of an elite list of only 54 companies that have increased their cash dividend every year for over 25 years. Separately, the company announced that it has extended its unsecured $800 million revolving credit facility. The maturity date was extended from November 20, 2017 to November 20, 2018. For more than 140 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Southern Comfort, Finlandia, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Canadian Mist, Korbel, Gentleman Jack, el Jimador, Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, Chambord, New Mix, Tuaca, and Woodford Reserve. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by nearly 4,000 employees and sold in approximately 160 countries worldwide. For more information about the company, please visit http://www.brown-forman.com/. Important Information on Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains statements, estimates, and projections that are “forward-looking statements” as defined under U.S. federal securities laws. 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These risks and other factors include, but are not limited to: *Unfavorable global or regional economic conditions, and related low consumer confidence, high unemployment, weak credit or capital markets, sovereign debt defaults, sequestrations, austerity measures, higher interest rates, political instability, higher inflation, deflation, lower returns on pension assets, or lower discount rates for pension obligations *Risks associated with being a U.S.-based company with global operations, including political or civil unrest; local labor policies and conditions; protectionist trade policies; compliance with local trade practices and other regulations, including anti-corruption laws; terrorism; and health pandemics *Fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates *Changes in laws, regulations or policies - especially those that affect the production, importation, marketing, sale or consumption of our beverage alcohol products *Tax rate changes (including excise, sales, VAT, tariffs, duties, corporate, individual income, dividends, capital gains) or changes in related reserves, changes in tax rules (e.g., LIFO, foreign income deferral, U.S. manufacturing and other deductions) or accounting standards, and the unpredictability and suddenness with which they can occur *Dependence upon the continued growth of the Jack Daniel’s family of brands *Changes in consumer preferences, consumption or purchase patterns - particularly away from brown spirits, our premium products, or spirits generally, and our ability to anticipate and react to them; decline in the social acceptability of beverage alcohol products in significant markets; bar, restaurant, travel or other on-premise declines *Production facility, aging warehouse or supply chain disruption; imprecision in supply/demand forecasting *Higher costs, lower quality or unavailability of energy, input materials or finished goods *Route-to-consumer changes that affect the timing of our sales, temporarily disrupt the marketing or sale of our products, for result in implementation-related or higher fixed costs *Inventory fluctuations in our products by distributors, wholesalers, or retailers *Competitors’ consolidation or other competitive activities, such as pricing actions (including price reductions, promotions, discounting, couponing or free goods), marketing, category expansion, product introductions, entry or expansion in our geographic markets or distribution networks *Risks associated with acquisitions, dispositions, business partnerships or investments - such as acquisition integration, or termination difficulties or costs, or impairment in recorded value *Insufficient protection of our intellectual property rights *Product counterfeiting, tampering, or recall, or product quality issues *Significant legal disputes and proceedings; government investigations (particularly of industry or company business, trade or marketing practices) *Failure or breach of key information technology systems *Negative publicity related to our company, brands, marketing, personnel, operations, business performance or prospects *Business disruption, decline or costs related to organizational changes, reductions in workforce or other cost-cutting measures, or our failure to attract or retain key executive or employee talent For further information on these and other risks, please refer to the “Risk Factors” section of our annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC. Contact: Brown-Forman Corporation Phil Lynch, 502-774-7928 Vice President Director Corporate Communications and Public Relations or Jay Koval, 502-774-6903 Vice President Director Investor Relations
Brown-Forman Increases Cash Dividend 13.7%; Extends Revolving Credit Facility
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