ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3M (NYSE:MMM) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a
two-for-one split of the company's common stock. The stock split will be
in the form of a stock dividend to be distributed Sept. 29, 2003 to
shareholders of record at the close of business on Sept. 22, 2003.
The company's Board of Directors also declared a quarterly cash dividend
of 66 cents per share on a presplit basis, payable Sept. 12, 2003 to
shareholders of record on Aug. 22, 2003, the 348th consecutive quarterly
dividend on 3M stock.
"The stock split reflects 3M's confidence in the company's ability to
continue to deliver solid results despite an ongoing cautious view of
global markets," said W. James McNerney, Jr., chairman of the board and
chief executive officer. Prior to this action, the most recent 3M stock
splits occurred in 1994, 1987 and 1972.
Third-quarter earnings per share, scheduled to be announced Oct. 20,
will be reported on a split-adjusted basis. Reflecting the split, the
company's previously announced Q3 earnings outlook of $1.56 to $1.60 per
share will now be $0.78 to $0.80 per share. Accordingly, the company's
previously stated earnings expectation for full-year 2003 of $5.75 to
$5.90 per share on a reported basis will now be $2.88 to $2.95 per
share. Excluding special items (a), 2003 earnings expectations of $5.90
to $6.05 per share will now be $2.95 to $3.02 per share, again
reflecting the split.
As of June 30, the company had 391,503,430 common shares outstanding and
123,745 shareholders of record.
(a) As previously announced by 3M on March 26, 2003, a court issued an
adverse ruling associated with a lawsuit filed against 3M in 1997 by
LePage's Inc. During the first quarter of 2003, 3M recorded pretax
charges of $93 million ($58 million after-tax) related to this
This news release contains forward-looking statements that reflect
current views and estimates of 3M's management of future economic
circumstances, industry conditions, company performance and financial
results. The statements are based on many assumptions and factors
including: (1) worldwide economic conditions; (2) foreign currency
exchange rates and fluctuations in those rates; (3) the timing and
acceptance of new product offerings; (4) purchased components and
materials, including shortages and increases in the costs of such
components and materials; (5) 3M's ability to successfully manage
acquisitions, divestitures and strategic alliances; and (6) legal
proceedings. Any changes in such assumptions or factors could produce
significantly different results.
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