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Lamb Weston invests 250 Million in additional French Fry line; Quarterly Dividend raised

Lamb Weston invests 250 Million in additional French Fry line; Quarterly Dividend raised

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. announced today an expansion of french fry processing capacity in North America (Hermiston, Oregon) and an increase in its quarterly dividend.

December 21, 2017
Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LW) announced today an expansion of french fry processing capacity in North America and an increase in its quarterly dividend.

Tom Werner, President and CEO of Lamb Weston:

“The french fry category has been growing at attractive rates around the world, and we believe industry capacity has been challenged in recent years to keep up with continued growth in market demand.”

“This investment in a new french fry processing line in the Columbia Basin reflects Lamb Weston’s continued commitment to support our strategic partners as they continue to grow their businesses in North America and abroad.”

Investment to expand operations at its Hermiston, Oregon, processing facility with the construction of a 300 million pound-per-year, state-of-the-art french fry line.

Capacity Expansion at its Hermiston, Oregon, processing facility

The Company announced an investment to expand operations at its Hermiston, Oregon, processing facility with the construction of a 300 million pound-per-year, state-of-the-art french fry line.

The new line will be modeled on the Company’s recently operational production line in Richland, Washington, and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019.

The new Hermiston line is intended to support growth in North America, as well as exports to Asia where demand growth has been, and is expected to remain, strong.

The expansion is expected to add approximately 170 full time positions.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has approved an award from the state’s Strategic Reserve Fund to help move the project forward. The award is intended to support infrastructure development at the site and workforce training and diversification.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown:

“I’m happy to announce this new state investment as part of my focus on growing a thriving Oregon economy in all parts of our state.”

“In addition to supporting our rural economies and booming agriculture industry, this investment provides critical workforce training opportunities in well-paying jobs in Eastern Oregon.”
The total investment for the new line is expected to be approximately $250 million, with capital expenditures of approximately $25 million and $225 million in fiscal years 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Quarterly Dividend

The Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.19125 per share of Lamb Weston common stock, up from $0.1875 per share in the prior quarter. The dividend is payable on March 2, 2018 to stockholders of record at the close of business on February 2, 2018.

In addition, the Company stated that it will target an annual dividend payout ratio of 25 percent to 35 percent of Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share.
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Lamb Weston Holdings Inc (NYSE:LW) is the largest potato company in North America with annual sales of approximately $2 billion. Lamb Weston manufactures french fries, potato specialties and dehydrated potato products.
Lamb Weston - Hermiston is one of the French Fry Production locations of Lamb Weston in Oregon, United States