Tidewater suspends dividend to reduce costs

Tidewater Inc., a U.S.-based provider of offshore support vessels will suspend quarterly dividend and common stock repurchase program, aiming to reduce costs during the time of low oil prices and cuts in E&P budgets.

“The dividend and share repurchase program suspension is part of a broader plan of reducing costs and capital expenditures in order to preserve liquidity in an oilfield services market that has been negatively impacted by the precipitous drop in oil prices and corresponding reduction in global E&P spending,” Tidewater said in a statement.

By suspending what has been a$0.25 per share quarterly dividend, the company will preserve approximately $47 million of cash annually. No shares have been repurchased by the company under its share repurchase program this fiscal year and the remaining $100 million authorized under the current program was set to expire on June 30, 2016.

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