BOSTON--Cabot Corporation (NYSE: CBT) today unveiled its new “Advancing the Core” corporate strategy during its 2016 Investor Day in Boston.
Key Event Highlights:
- New corporate strategy – “Advancing the Core” – which looks to leverage Cabot’s unique strengths and leadership positions to grow its core businesses as well focusing on application innovation and generating strong cash flows
- New capital allocation strategy unveiled in which Cabot commits to returning approximately 50% of discretionary free cash flow to shareholders over time
- Announced 36% increase in quarterly dividend to an annualized rate of $1.20 per share
Sean Keohane, president and chief executive officer, said, “Our vision is to be the most innovative, respected and responsible leader in our markets – delivering performance that makes a difference. To achieve our vision, our strategy centers on advancing the strong foundation in our core businesses by leveraging our exposure to long-term end markets, our global reach, and our strong innovation capabilities. We will extend our leadership in performance materials by investing for growth in our core businesses and driving application innovation with our customers while generating strong cash flows through efficiency and optimization.”
“Our cash flow profile, combined with our strong balance sheet, allows us to adhere to a balanced capital allocation philosophy of investing for long-term growth while also returning cash to our shareholders at a higher rate than we have done historically. We are confident that the result of growing our core businesses, combined with our commitment to our capital allocation priorities, will drive long-term value for our shareholders.”
Cabot’s investor day webcast and presentation can be accessed through Cabot’s investor relations website at http://investor.cabot-corp.com
About Cabot Corporation
Cabot Corporation (NYSE: CBT) is a global specialty chemicals and performance materials company, headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. The company is a leading provider of rubber and specialty carbons, activated carbon, inkjet colorants, cesium formate drilling fluids, fumed silica, and aerogel. For more information on Cabot, please visit the company’s website at: http://www.cabotcorp.com.
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