Rayonier declares special cash dividend of 50c per share Rayonier's (RYN) board of directors has declared a third quarter cash dividend of 30c per common share. The dividend is payable on September 30 to shareholders of record on September 16. In addition to the regular third quarter cash dividend, the company’s board has declared a special cash dividend of 50c per common share payable on August 15 to shareholders of record on July 31. The special dividend will be paid from proceeds received from Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM) in connection with its spin-off from Rayonier on June 27.
Rayonier Advanced Materials reports Q1 EPS 25c, consensus 28c Reports Q1 revenue $221M, consensus $218.24M. The $22 million decline was primarily due to lower cellulose specialties sales prices and volumes. Cellulose specialties sales volumes declined in early 2015 due to timing of customer orders mainly related to acetate tow destocking as previously communicated.
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