Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. recently announced that its Board of Directors has increased the quarterly dividend by 12 percent by declaring a dividend of $0.14 per share of outstanding common stock payable on August 27 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 13. In addition, the Board of Directors has increased the Company’s existing share repurchase authorization by approximately $16 million back to the original limit of $20 million.
Bassett Furniture Industries, Inc. also announced that wholesale orders for the fiscal month of June 2021 increased by 25 percent over June 2020 and 39 percent over June 2019 and that wholesale shipments increased 55 percent over June 2020 and 21 percent over June 2019.
“We are pleased that our Board of Directors feels that a 12 percent increase to our quarterly dividend and a $16 million increase to our share repurchase authorization reflect the strength of our recent operational results and our solid prospects for the future,” said Rob Spilman, Chairman and CEO. “With the reopening of the country fully underway and with consumer spending moving in favor of travel, dining, and other discretionary pursuits, we do expect our incoming business to ultimately feel the effects of this shift. Nevertheless, the underlying strength of the economy and of our sales programs continued to produce vigorous sales again in June. That aside, we are committed to decrease our current order backlogs and to improve service levels as soon as pos