Dividend Changes to Know Now: Royal Gold, Sysco, Johnson Controls, American Software, National Bankshares

Royal Gold, Inc. (NASDAQ:RGLD): Royal Gold increases common stock dividend 33% to 80c per share. Royal Gold announced that its Board of Directors increased the company’s annual dividend for its shares of common stock from 60c to 80, payable on a quarterly basis of 20c per share. The newly declared dividend is 33% higher than the dividend paid in calendar year 2012. Royal Gold has steadily increased its annual dividend since 2001. The Board declared the dividend of 20c per share will be payable on January 18, 2013, to shareholders of record at the close of business on January 4, 2013. The quarterly dividend of 20c is also payable to holders of exchangeable shares of RG Exchangeco.

Sysco Corp. (NYSE:SYY): Sysco increases quarterly dividend payment by 3.7% to 28c. Sysco announced that the Board of Directors has approved a 3.7% increase in the quarterly cash dividend to 28c per share from the current 27c per share. The new dividend is payable on Jan. 25, 2013, to common shareholders of record at the close of business on Jan. 4, 2013.

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Johnson Controls Inc. (NYSE:JCI): Johnson Controls increases dividend 5.5% to 19c. The Board of Directors of Johnson Controls approved a 5.5% increase in the company’s quarterly cash dividend, to 19c per common share from 18c per common share. The dividend is payable December 28 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 7. The company noted that due to potential tax law changes, the traditional January dividend payable date was changed to December for this year only.

American Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMSWA): American Software increases quarterly dividend 11% to 10c, anticipates dividend. American Software has declared a regular quarterly cash dividend on its Class A and B common shares in the amount of 10c per share, an 11.1% increase over the previous quarterly dividend rate of 9c per share. In addition, the board declared a special accelerated dividend of 20c per common share intended by the board to be in lieu of the regular quarterly dividends that have historically been declared in February and May of each year. Both dividends will be paid on Dec. 21 to shareholders of record on the close of business on December 8.

National Bankshares Inc. (NASDAQ:NKSH): National Bankshares increases semi-annual dividend 9.6% to 57c per share. The board of National Bankshares approved payment on December 3 of a semi-annual dividend of 57c per share to all stockholders of record as of November 23. The dividend is 9.6% higher than the semi-annual dividend that was paid on December 1, 2011.

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