Clorox has returned nearly $3 billion to stockholders in the last five years through fiscal year 2012.
Delivering enduring value for its stockholders is the company's No.1 priority. A track record of strong cash flow has enabled Clorox to pursue strategic acquisitions and return excess cash to stockholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases. In the last four years, Clorox's total stockholder returns have surpassed that of the S&P 500 and its peer group. In the last six years, the company has more than doubled its annual dividend from $1.20 to $2.56 per share. Fiscal year 2012 also marked the company's 35th consecutive year to increase its total annual dividends paid to stockholders. Looking ahead, Clorox aims to be among the top third of companies in its peer group in delivering stockholder returns.
Corporate responsibility guides the company's long-term success.
More than ever, consumers and investors are voting with their wallets when it comes to companies doing the right thing. While Clorox's values have guided its success for 100 years, in fiscal year 2010, the company established a formal corporate responsibility strategy that is tightly integrated with the business.
Earlier this year, Clorox ranked No. 41 on the 2013 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World List by Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based media and investment research company. Clorox ranked second among household and personal products companies. The company also received the Most Innovative Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Disclosure Policy Award by Corporate Secretary magazine. The award recognized the company's 2011 annual report "Think Outside the Bottle," which was Clorox's first time to combine its financial, environmental, social and governance performance in an integrated report.
As Clorox looks beyond its centennial anniversary, the company will continue its focus on delivering value for all of its stakeholders by delivering financial results that are underpinned by strong environmental, social and governance performance.
To view multi-media assets for Clorox's centennial, please visit www.thecloroxcompany.com/company/centennial.
The Clorox Company
The Clorox Company is a leading multinational manufacturer and marketer of consumer and professional products with approximately 8,400 employees and fiscal year 2012 revenues of $5.5 billion. Clorox markets some of the most trusted and recognized brand names, including its namesake bleach and cleaning products, Clorox Healthcare, HealthLink®, Aplicare® and Dispatch® products, Green Works® naturally derived products, Pine-Sol® cleaners, Poett® home care products, Fresh Step® cat litter, Glad® bags, wraps and containers, Kingsford® charcoal, Hidden Valley® and KC Masterpiece® dressings and sauces, Brita® water-filtration products, and Burt's Bees® and gud® natural personal care products. Nearly 90 percent of the company's brands hold the No. 1 or No. 2 market share positions in their categories. Clorox's commitment to corporate responsibility includes making a positive difference in its communities. In fiscal year 2012, The Clorox Company Foundation awarded $3.5 million in cash grants, and Clorox made product donations valued at $15 million. For more information, visit TheCloroxCompany.com.
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which are based on management's current views and assumptions regarding future events and may involve risks and uncertainties. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by the federal securities laws.
(1) Source: Marketshare for U.S. retail brands (excluding Burt's Bees brand) are based on IRI Infoscan Data - Total U.S. Multi-Outlet (Food/Drug/Mass, Walmart, Sam's, BJ's, Family Dollar, Fred's and DeCA) for 52 weeks ended June 2012. International market share data is from IRI as of June 2011.
(2) A sustainability improvement is defined as a 5+ percent reduction in product packaging or enhancement to a product's formula.
(3) Based on disinfecting claims and contact times listed on product master label as of June 2012.
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