FirstService Declares 11% Increase to Quarterly Cash Dividend
FirstService Corporation (TSX: FSV; NASDAQ: FSV) ("FirstService") announced today that its Board of Directors has approved an 11% increase in the quarterly cash dividend on the outstanding Common Shares of the Company over the previous US$0.165 per Common Share and declared a quarterly dividend of US$0.1825 per Common Share. The dividend is payable on April 7, 2021 to holders of Common Shares of record at the close of business on March 31, 2021.
The Company's dividend will be US$0.73 on an annualized basis, up from US$0.66 during the past year. FirstService has achieved a long-term track record of growing its free cash flow, even in the face of challenging market conditions such as the COVID-19 pandemic, providing us with the comfort to deliver this incremental return to our shareholders. This dividend increase marks our sixth consecutive year of at least 10% annual dividend growth since becoming a new public company in 2015.
The dividend on Common Shares is an "eligible dividend" for Canadian income tax purposes.
About FirstService Corporation
FirstService Corporation is a North American leader in the property services sector, serving its customers through two industry-leading service platforms: FirstService Residential, North America's largest manager of residential communities; and FirstService Brands, one of North America's largest providers of essential property services delivered through individually branded franchise systems and company-owned operations.
FirstService generates approximately $2.7 billion in annual revenues and has approximately 24,000 employees across North America. The Common Shares of FirstService trade on the NASDAQ and the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "FSV".
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D. Scott Patterson
President & CEO
Chief Financial Officer