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|Medtronic Announces Cash Dividend for Fourth Quarter of Fiscal Year 2016|
DUBLIN - February 19, 2016 - The board of directors of Medtronic plc (NYSE:MDT) today approved the fiscal year 2016 fourth quarter cash dividend of $0.38 per ordinary share, representing a 25 percent increase over the prior year. This quarterly declaration is consistent with the dividend announcement made by the company in June 2015. Medtronic has increased its annual dividend payment for the past 38 consecutive years, and is a constituent of the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats index. The dividend is payable on April 15, 2016, to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 24, 2016. While a portion of the dividend may be treated for U.S. tax purposes as a return of capital, the company expects that potentially as early as next fiscal year, its dividend will be treated completely as a distribution of earnings for U.S. tax purposes. Additional information about the tax treatment of the dividend is available by clicking on the Investors link through the Medtronic website at www.medtronic.com.
Any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties such as those described in Medtronic's periodic reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results.