Union Pacific Announces Dividend Increase
Omaha, Neb., July 31, 2008 Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE:UNP) announced that its Board of Directors today voted to increase the quarterly dividend on the company's common stock by 5 cents or 23 percent, to 27 cents per share. The increased dividend is payable October 1, 2008, to stockholders of record August 29, 2008.
Today's dividend announcement follows a 26 percent increase in the Company's fourth quarter 2007 dividend and is the third increase in the past 18 months.
"Last week we announced record second quarter earnings despite a challenging environment," said Jim Young, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We achieved these results by efficiently delivering a quality service product for our customers. This strong earnings momentum gives us confidence in the future, and we are pleased to reward our shareholders with both a competitive dividend and our share repurchase program."
Union Pacific has paid dividends on its common stock for 109 consecutive years.
About Union Pacific
Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America's premier rail franchise.
Additional information is available at our Web site: www.up.com.
Contact for investors is Jennifer Hamann at 402-544-4227.
Contact for media is Donna Kush at (402) 544-3753.
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