Declares 36-Cent Second-Quarter 2019 Dividend
The board of directors of Pfizer Inc. today declared a 36-cent second-quarter 2019 dividend on the company’s common stock, payable June 7, 2019 to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 10, 2019. The second-quarter 2019 cash dividend will be the 322nd consecutive quarterly dividend paid by Pfizer.
“In 2018, we estimate that we reached more than 784 million people with our products,” stated Albert Bourla, Pfizer Chief Executive Officer. “Our vaccines protected more than 65 million babies and elderly patients from disease; more than 48 million cardiovascular patients took our medicines to reduce their risk of heart attack or stroke; and more than 1.2 million people were treated with our cancer treatments. Our unwavering focus on patient impact by discovering breakthroughs that change patients’ lives will continue to be fundamental to our growth strategy for the future.”
He continued, “Our ability to have a demonstrable impact on patients drives our financial performance and creates shareholder value. In 2018, we returned $20.2 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases. We will continue to pursue initiatives in 2019 that create the most value for our shareholders by serving our patients with advancements in scientific innovation, our late-stage pipeline and our commercial therapies.”
Preliminary results from the Annual Meeting of Shareholders held today indicate that the company’s 11 director nominees were re-elected to one-year terms and that shareholders ratified the selection of KPMG LLP as Pfizer’s independent registered public accounting firm for the 2019 fiscal year. In addition, shareholders supported the board-sponsored proposals to approve, on an advisory basis, the compensation of the company’s named executive officers and approved the Pfizer Inc. 2019 Stock Plan which will replace and supersede the 2014 Stock Plan and support the company’s efforts to attract, retain and motivate employees.
In other voting, the shareholder proposals were not approved.
The final results are subject to verification by the independent inspectors of election. The final results will be reported on a Current Report on Form 8-K to be filed by Pfizer with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the next few days.
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DISCLOSURE NOTICE: The information contained in this release is as of April 25, 2019. The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements contained in this release as a result of new information or future events or developments.
This release contains forward-looking information about the Company’s growth strategy and actions to enhance shareholder value, including their potential benefits, that involves substantial risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the uncertainties inherent in research and development; the uncertainties inherent in business and financial planning, including, without limitation, risks related to Pfizer’s business and prospects, adverse developments in Pfizer’s markets, or adverse developments in the U.S. or global capital markets, credit markets, regulatory environment or economies generally; and competitive developments.
A further description of risks and uncertainties can be found in Pfizer’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018 and in its subsequent reports on Form 10-Q, including in the sections thereof captioned “Risk Factors” and “Forward-Looking Information and Factors That May Affect Future Results,” as well as in its subsequent reports on Form 8-K, all of which are filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.gov and www.pfizer.com.