Company Proceeding with Payment of its Special Dividend
Albertsons Companies, Inc. (NYSE: ACI) (“Albertsons Cos.” or “the Company”) today announced that the State of Washington’s Supreme Court has denied a motion by the Attorney General of the State of Washington to hear an appeal from the trial court’s denial of its request to enjoin the Company from paying its previously announced $6.85 per common share Special Dividend (the “Special Dividend”), originally scheduled to be paid November 7, 2022.
The temporary restraining order preventing the payment of the Special Divided has been lifted as a result of the decision. Albertsons Cos. will immediately begin the process of paying the Special Dividend and amounts will be distributed as soon as practicable to stockholders of record as of the close of business on October 24, 2022.
Albertsons Cos.’ proposed merger with The Kroger Co. is continuing through required regulatory review, including seeking clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.
This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. The “forward-looking statements” include our current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about the Special Dividend and the payment thereof. They include statements which the Company believes to be reasonable at this time. You can identify forward-looking statements by the use of words such as “outlook,” “may,” “should,” “could,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “plans,” “expects,” “future” and “intends” and similar expressions which are intended to identify forward-looking statements.
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