Fabless semiconductor company Spreadtrum Communications (NASDAQ: SPRD ) announced today its second-quarter dividend of $0.10 per American depository share, or $0.0333 per ordinary share (each ADS equals three ordinary shares). That's the same rate it's paid for the past six quarters after doubling it from $0.05 per ADS.
The board of directors said the quarterly dividend is payable on July 24 to the holders of record at the close of business on July 9. The Chinese semi specialist said the quarterly payout represents approximately $4.96 million in aggregate dividends paid on the ordinary shares and is the ninth consecutive payout they've made.
Last week, Spreadtrum received a buyout offer from Tsinghua Unigroup, a subsidiary of the Chinese government-owned Tsinghua Holdings, which offered $28.50 per ADS, or $1.5 billion. Tsinghua Holdings is a state-owned corporation that receives funding from China's Tsinghua University.
The regular dividend payment equates to a $0.40-per-ADS annual dividend, yielding 1.6% based on the closing price of Spreadtrum Communications' stock on June 24.