SHANGHAI, January 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Taomee Holdings Limited ("Taomee" or the "Company") (NYSE: TAOM), a leading children’s entertainment and media company in China, announced that its Board of Directors declared a special one-time cash dividend of US$0.0325 per ordinary share, or US$0.65 per American Depositary Share ("ADS", each representing 20 ordinary shares).
Holders of the Company’s ordinary shares (including ordinary shares represented by ADSs) at the close of business on February 6, 2015 (the "Record Date") will be entitled to receive the special dividend. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., the depositary for Taomee’s ADS program (the ADS Depositary), expects to pay out dividends to ADS holders on or around February 17, 2015. Dividends to be paid to the Company’s ADS holders through the ADS Depositary will be subject to the terms of the deposit agreement by and among the Company and the ADS Depositary, and the holders and beneficial owners of ADSs issued thereunder, including the fees and expenses payable thereunder.
The total amount of cash to be distributed for the special dividend is expected to be approximately US$24.6 million.
"As we analyze our business plans for the upcoming year, we found we have adequate cash to fund our current and potential plans. As effective stewards of capital for our shareholders, we also recognize the benefits of returning capital to shareholders as a means of maximizing return on equity. Today’s announcement of the US$0.65 per ADS special dividend is our latest effort in doing so. Our strong balance sheet, fiscal prudence and growth opportunities in China’s children entertainment and media industry enable us to provide shareholders with this dividend, while maintaining ample financial and operational flexibility to expand our business," commented Mr. Benson Wang Haibing, co-founder and chief executive officer of Taomee.
As of September 30, 2014, the Company had US$109.0 million in cash and cash equivalents.
About Taomee Holdings Limited
Taomee Holdings Limited ("Taomee" or "the Company") is a leader in China’s children’s entertainment and media. Its award winning content offerings are both engaging and educational, endearing it to children, as well as to parents and teachers. The Company was founded in 2007 with the mission to bring joy and inspiration to children. Its popular character franchises, including SEER and MOLE’S WORLD, are distributed online via virtual worlds, web games and mobile applications, as well as through traditional media, including animated box office films, TV series, books and consumer products, most notably interactive toys and trading cards. Its online community regularly achieves top search ranking in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Taomee has been consistently recognized for its leadership and innovative contributions to the children’s market, including accolades from China’s Ministry of Culture and the China Animation Association.
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