SAN DIEGO, Feb. 21, 2006 – The board of directors of Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) has approved an increase in its dividend payable on shares of its common stock to $1.20 on an annualized basis from $1.16. The first quarterly installment of the new dividend is payable April 15, 2006, to shareholders of record on March 23, 2006.
In related news, regular quarterly preferred dividends have been declared by Pacific Enterprises, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, as follows:
$4.36 Preferred $1.09 per share
$4.40 Preferred $1.10 per share
$4.50 Preferred $1.125 per share
$4.75 Preferred (2 Series) $1.1875 per share
Each of the preferred dividends is payable on April 15, 2006, to shareholders of record on March 23, 2006.
Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2004 revenues of $9.4 billion. The Sempra Energy companies’ 13,000 employees serve more than 29 million consumers in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America and Asia.
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