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Fastenal Company Announces Cash Dividend

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fastenal Company Announces Cash Dividend14:30 EDT Wednesday, October 10, 2012WINONA, Minn., Oct. 10, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Fastenal Company of Winona, MN (Nasdaq:FAST) reported its Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.21 per share to be paid in cash on November 26, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on October 29, 2012. 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 have previously paid three dividends ($0.17 in February, $0.17 in May, and $0.19 in August). 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. Dividend and stock repurchase activity in the last ten years are as follows:                   Dividends per share     Year Dividend  paymentsTotal dividends paid (000's) Regular dividend Total dividendTotal value of repurchased shares (000's)Per share price of repurchased shares               2012 Four1  $ 219,035  $ 0.74  $ 0.74  $ --   $ --  2011 Four  $ 191,741  $ 0.65  $ 0.65  $ --   $ --  2010 Three2  $ 182,814  $ 0.41  $ 0.62  $ --   $ --  2009 Two  $ 106,943  $ 0.36  $ 0.36  $ 41,104  $ 18.69 2008 Three2  $ 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  $ --   $ --  2003 Two  $ 15,935  $ 0.053  $ 0.053  $ --   $ -- 1 The total dividends paid amount includes the estimated impact from this announcement. The estimate is calculated using the 296.3 million shares outstanding at the end of the previous quarter. 2 There was a supplemental dividend paid in both December 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-DCONTACT: Sheryl Lisowski, Controller 507.453.8550