PLYMOUTH, MI--(Marketwire - Sep 27, 2012) - Perceptron, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRCP) today announced a special dividend of $0.25 per share of common stock to be paid on November 1, 2012 to shareholders of record on October 10, 2012.
"We are very pleased to reward our shareholders through a special dividend," said Harry Rittenour, President and CEO of Perceptron. "With the completion of the sale of our Commercial Products Business Unit, the profitable year that our Industrial Business Unit had in fiscal year 2012, and our strong cash position, we felt it was appropriate to provide shareholders with an added return on their investment in Perceptron."
Richard Marz, Chairman of Perceptron's Board of Directors, added, "The Board has discussed a number of different options for how to best utilize the Company's cash resources, including taking into account the views of our shareholders. We believe a cash dividend is one of the ways we can provide value to our shareholders. The dividend declared by our Board today represents the start of what we intend to be an ongoing program of regular dividend payments."
Mr. Rittenour concluded, "The Company's June 30, 2012 backlog is strong, at approximately $30.2 million, which gives us confidence in our current expectation for modest and profitable growth in fiscal year 2013."
Perceptron develops, produces, and sells non-contact measurement and inspection solutions for industrial applications. The Company's products provide solutions for manufacturing process control as well as sensor and software technologies for non-contact measurement, scanning, and inspection applications. Automotive and manufacturing companies throughout the world rely on Perceptron's metrology solutions to help them manage their complex manufacturing processes to improve quality, shorten product launch times and reduce overall manufacturing costs. The Company also offers Value Added Services such as training and customer support services. Headquartered in Plymouth, Michigan, Perceptron has approximately 220 employees worldwide, with operations in the United States, Germany, France, Spain, Brazil, Japan, Singapore, China and India. For more information, please visit www.perceptron.com.
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