Davey Tree Expert

Filed: 9 Dec 20, 10:48am

Washington, D.C. 20549


Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 4, 2020
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
File Number)
(Employer Identification Number)
1500 North Mantua Street
P.O. Box 5193
Kent, OH 44240
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)
(330) 673-9511
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
Not Applicable
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

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Item 8.01    Other Events
On December 4, 2020, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of The Davey Tree Expert Company (the “Company”) approved a change to the Company’s dividend policy. Under the revised dividend policy, on an annual basis, the Company will now target a dividend yield in the range of .4% to .5%. The Board will evaluate the dividend on a semiannual basis in conjunction with our independent stock valuation and if the current annual dividend is less than .4% of the Company’s current stock price, the Board intends to increase the quarterly cash dividend.

The declaration of future cash dividends will be subject to the Board’s final determination based on a number of factors, including the Company’s financial performance and its available cash resources, the terms of its indebtedness, its cash requirements and alternative uses of cash that the Board may conclude would represent an opportunity to generate a greater return on investment for the Company. The dividend policy may be revised, suspended or cancelled at the discretion of the Board at any time.


This Current Report on Form 8-K contains forward-looking statements (within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995), including the statements relating to effect on The Davey Tree Expert Company (the “Company”) of a customer bankruptcy. These statements, including statements regarding payment of future dividends and targeted dividend yield, relate to future events or our future financial performance. In some cases, forward-looking statements may be identified by terminology such as “target,” "may," "will," "should," "expects," “intends,” "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," "continue" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, general economic conditions, industry conditions, impact of COVID-19 or any future pandemic or similar event, legal and regulatory developments, and other factors set forth in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, exist that may cause results to differ materially from what is expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. The Company does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made.

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
By:/s/ Joseph R. Paul
 Joseph R. Paul, Executive Vice President,
Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
Date: December 9, 2020