As previously announced, on February 9, 2017, the Board of Directors of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) declared a special cash dividend payable on February 23, 2017 (the “Payment Date”) to Class A and B stockholders of record at the closing of business on February 20, 2017 (the “Record Date”), in an aggregate amount equal to $282.5 million.
As of the closing of business on the Record Date, there were 47,300,987 shares of Class A Common Stock and 315,000,000 shares of Class B Common Stock outstanding, resulting in a dividend of $0.7797 per share. On the Payment Date, the indirect parent of the Company, iHeartCommunications, Inc., will be entitled to receive approximately $254.0 million of the proceeds of the dividend through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, and the public stockholders of the Company will be entitled to receive approximately $28.5 million.
The dividend will be funded using cash on hand, including proceeds of the sale of the Company’s joint venture interest in the Australia outdoor business, which occurred on October 24, 2016, and the proceeds of the sale of non-strategic U.S. outdoor markets in Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis, Indiana, which occurred on February 12, 2016 and January 9, 2017, respectively.
Insider’s take – With iHeart Media as a 90% shareholder of CCO, it’s not surprising to see cash flow to the parent as they continue to deal with their debt issues. I’d be upset if I was a Clear Channel Outdoor creditor.