Alta Equipment Group Inc. (NYSE: ALTG) (“Alta” or “the Company”) today announced that its Board of Directors (“Board”) has initiated a regular quarterly common stock dividend of $0.057 per share, or approximately $0.23 per share on an annualized basis. The first dividend will be payable on August 31st, 2022 to shareholders of record as of August 15th, 2022. The Board also approved a $12.5 million share repurchase program.
“Over the last few months, we have been acutely focused on our capital allocation policy given the current market conditions and have consulted with numerous stakeholders. Since going public, we have executed on our strategy and demonstrated the ability to generate strong free cash flow in diverse economic and operating conditions. Based on these discussions, our belief in the flexibility of our business model, and the historical performance of our business and outlook, the Board approved these capital-related actions. While we believe strongly that the best use of the majority of our cash flows continues to be our accretive M&A pipeline, we also believe that the investments that we have made since going public have taken the business to a level where it is appropriate to provide a cash return to our valued shareholders. In addition to the dividend, the share repurchase program will provide us with a mechanism in place to purchase shares when the market value is trading at a discount to the Company’s intrinsic value and where that market value is attractive relative to other uses of our cash flow,” said Ryan Greenawalt, Chief Executive Officer of Alta. “We believe this is a very balanced and strategic approach to capital allocation, which allows us to maintain leverage at a reasonable level while continuing to pursue our growth strategy including accretive acquisitions and high-return organic opportunities. Our accretive M&A pipeline remains robust as evidenced by our entering into an agreement to acquire Yale Industrial Trucks, Inc. in Canada last week.”
The continuation of future cash dividends will be determined by the Board, at its sole discretion, after review of the Company’s financial performance and other factors, and is dependent on earnings, operations, capital requirements, general financial condition of the Company and general business conditions.
Repurchases of shares will be made in accordance with applicable securities laws and may be made from time to time through solicited or unsolicited transactions in the open market or by negotiated transactions. The amount and timing of repurchases will be based on a variety of factors, including stock acquisition price, regulatory limitations and other market and economic factors. No limit was placed on the duration of the repurchase program. The stock repurchase program does not require the Company to repurchase any specific number of shares, and the Company may terminate the repurchase program at any time.
About Alta Equipment Group Inc.
Alta owns and operates one of the largest integrated equipment dealership platforms in the U.S. Through its branch network, the Company sells, rents, and provides parts and service support for several categories of specialized equipment, including lift trucks and aerial work platforms, cranes, earthmoving equipment and other material handling and construction equipment. Alta has operated as an equipment dealership for 38 years and has developed a branch network that includes over 60 total locations across Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, New England, New York, Virginia, Florida, and Ohio. Alta offers its customers a one-stop-shop for most of their equipment needs by providing sales, parts, service, and rental functions under one roof. More information can be found at www.altg.com.
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