WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- United Online, Inc. (Nasdaq: UNTD) announced today that its Board of Directors has determined to discontinue cash dividend payments in order to provide financial flexibility to support anticipated long-term growth initiatives.
“Since I joined United Online nearly three months ago, the company has started to lay the foundation for a new, growth-oriented strategic direction,” said Francis Lobo, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are undertaking several key initiatives, which include optimizing our current product offerings to enhance our consumer value proposition; expanding new product development efforts to drive new revenue growth; and pursuing new strategic partnerships and other opportunities to expand our scope and reach. In order to ensure maximum financial flexibility as these initiatives unfold, the company’s Board of Directors has determined to discontinue quarterly cash dividend payments.”
“United Online has a strong balance sheet and will use its existing cash and free cash flow to support these and other initiatives that are designed to create long-term stockholder value,” Lobo added. “Also, the company maintains a stock repurchase plan and would consider using it as an additional means of creating value for our stockholders.”
United Online will release financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013 on February 19, 2014, and expects to report approximately $68 million in cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2013. On November 30, 2013, United Online paid a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share, which returned approximately $2.2 million to stockholders.
About United Online®
United Online, Inc. (Nasdaq: UNTD), through its operating subsidiaries, provides consumer products and services over the Internet, where their respective brands have attracted a large online audience that includes more than 100 million registered accounts worldwide. United Online’s Content & Media segment provides social networking products and services (Classmates and StayFriends) and online loyalty marketing (MyPoints). Its primary Communications segment service is Internet access (NetZero and Juno), including NetZero Mobile Broadband (NetZero Wireless).
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