VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Conifex Timber Inc. (“Conifex”, “we” or “us”) (TSX: CFF) announced today that our board of directors (the “Board“) has declared a one-time special cash dividend of $0.20 per share, which will be paid on or before August 8, 2022 to shareholders of record on July 15, 2022.
Based on the current number of shares outstanding, the special dividend will result in an aggregate distribution of approximately $8 million. The dividend will be funded from cash on hand, which amounted to $32.9 million as at May 31, 2022, an increase of $18.1 million from March 31, 2022. Conifex’s available liquidity, comprising cash on hand and amounts available under its revolving credit facility totaled $44.4 million as at May 31, 2022.
“This special dividend reflects a partial distribution of the strong cash flows generated after funding capital expenditures related to safety, environmental and mill reliability in the first half of 2022 due to favourable pricing and positive operating results,” said Ken Shields, President and Chief Executive Officer of Conifex. “We are pleased to return capital to our shareholders while finalization of our modernization and upgrade plans await the release of the Ministry of Forest’s harvest level and apportionment decisions.”
This will be designated an “eligible dividend” for Canadian tax purposes.
The declaration and payment of dividends is at the discretion of the Board and any future declaration of dividends will depend on our financial results, market conditions, capital allocation opportunities, cash requirements, and any other factors deemed relevant by the Board.
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Chief Financial Officer
About Conifex Timber Inc.
Conifex and its subsidiaries’ primary business currently includes timber harvesting, reforestation, forest management, sawmilling logs into lumber and wood chips, and value added lumber finishing and distribution. Conifex’s lumber products are sold in the United States, Canadian and Japanese markets. Conifex also produces bioenergy at its power generation facility at Mackenzie, BC.
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