Lindsay to buy back up to $150M in stock, doubles quarterly dividend as US sales drop
Nebraska-based Lindsay Corp. plans to buy back $100 million to $150 million in stock and said that it would double its dividend. Lindsay is a manufacturer of irrigation equipment used by farmers to conserve water and energy.
Bloomberg, citing a statement by Lindsay, said the company's revenue for the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 was almost unchanged from a year earlier. Irrigation equipment sales slid 4% in the said period to $129.2 million. Lindsay chief executive officer Rick Parod said his company's revenue remained at record levels in the first quarter, while US irrigation-marlet sales declined as anticipated.
Lindsay anticipates a decline from peak irrigation revenues for the near-term. However, drivers for the company's markets of population growth, expanded food production and efficient water use support its expectations for long-term growth, Parod said.
Lindsay's shares are almost unchanged from a year ago. The irrigation equipment manufacturer also announced that quarterly dividend will double to $0.26 a share, the report said.