GLENDALE, Calif. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 28, 2014 - DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN), the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar® and IHOP® restaurants, today announced approval by its Board of Directors of a meaningful 17% increase in the Company's quarterly cash dividend to $0.875 per share of common stock. The fourth quarter 2014 dividend will be payable on January 9, 2015 to the Company's stockholders of record at the close of business on December 3, 2014.
The Board of Directors also approved an increase in the share repurchase authorization for the Company's common stock, effective immediately, to $100 million from the remaining previous authorization of approximately $40 million. The Company anticipates using the majority of its remaining free cash flow after dividend payments for share repurchases.
"Given the substantial interest savings that will result from the securitization transaction, the time is right to announce our new capital allocation strategy. Our 99% franchised business model continues to generate strong and stable free cash flow. The meaningful increase in our quarterly cash dividend underscores our confidence in the future of our business," said Julia A. Stewart, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DineEquity, Inc.
On September 30, 2014, DineEquity, Inc. announced the completion of its $1.4 billion securitization refinancing, allowing the Company to secure a significantly lower fixed interest rate of 4.277% for the next seven years. Additionally, the new debt structure provides for increased financial flexibility.
Based in Glendale, California, DineEquity, Inc., through its subsidiaries, franchises and operates restaurants under the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP brands. With more than 3,600 restaurants combined in 19 countries, over 400 franchisees and approximately 200,000 team members (including franchisee- and company-operated restaurant employees), DineEquity is one of the largest full-service restaurant companies in the world. For more information on DineEquity, visit the Company's Web site located at www.dineequity.com.
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