April 4, 2012
Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.
What: Shares of G&K Services (Nasdaq: GKSR ) opened 11% higher today after the company said it would be giving more cash back to investors. Shares settled to a 7% gain in later trading.
So what: The company is increasing its regular dividend 50% to $0.195 per share quarterly. The big news was a $6-per-share special dividend, which will be paid April 27 to shareholders of record on April 13.
Now what: This is a huge increase that will cost the company $113 million in total, which will need to be funded, at least partly, through debt. The company is also aggressively buying back shares, so giving back to shareholders is a priority. I'd like to see a little more cash cushion and earnings generation before spending this kind of cash, but investors think it's a good move nonetheless.
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