JD.com Announces Special Cash Dividend
BEIJING, May 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- JD.com, Inc. (the “Company” or "JD.com") (Nasdaq: JD; HKEX: 9618), a leading supply chain-based technology and service provider, today announced that the Company’s board of directors (the “Board”) approved a special cash dividend of US$0.63 per ordinary share, or US$1.26 per ADS, to holders of ordinary shares and holders of ADSs, respectively, as of the close of business on May 20, 2022, Beijing/Hong Kong Time and New York Time, respectively, payable in U.S. dollars. The aggregate amount of the special dividend will be approximately US$2.0 billion. For holders of ordinary shares, in order to qualify for the dividend, all valid documents for the transfer of shares accompanied by the relevant share certificates must be lodged for registration with the Company’s Hong Kong branch share registrar, Computershare Hong Kong Investor Services Limited, at Shops 1712-1716, 17th Floor, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai, Hong Kong no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 20, 2022 (Beijing/Hong Kong Time). Dividend to be paid to the Company’s ADS holders through the depositary bank will be subject to the terms of the deposit agreement. The payment date is expected to be on or around June 8, 2022 and June 14, 2022 for holders of ordinary shares and holders of ADSs, respectively.
“We are pleased to announce this return of capital to shareholders,” said Richard Qiangdong Liu, chairman of the Board of JD.com. “Our Board’s approval of the special dividend reflects our confidence in the Company’s long-term growth potential and strong balance sheet, which allow us to pay the dividend to shareholders, while maintaining financial and operational flexibility to continue to grow our business over the long term. In the long run, we will also consider measures including paying dividends as appropriate from time to time to give back to our shareholders.”
JD.com is a leading supply chain-based technology and service provider. JD.com’s cutting-edge retail infrastructure seeks to enable consumers to buy whatever they want, whenever and wherever they want it. JD.com has opened its technology and infrastructure to partners, brands and other sectors, as part of its Retail as a Service offering to help drive productivity and innovation across a range of industries.
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