The last dividend paid to public shareholders was on February 3, 2010 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on January 20, 2011.
There can be no assurance that dividends will be declared or paid in the future. The actual declaration and payment of future dividends and the establishment of record and payment dates, if any, are subject to determination by the Company's Board of Directors each quarter after its review of the Company's then-current strategy, applicable debt covenants and financial performance and position, among other things. The Company's declaration and payment of future dividends is subject to risks and uncertainties, including: deterioration of the Company's financial performance or position; inability to declare a dividend in compliance with applicable laws or debt covenants; an increase in the Company's cash needs or decrease in available cash; and the business judgment of the Board of Directors that a declaration of a dividend is not in Del Monte Foods Company's best interests, as well as other risks that may be detailed, from time to time, in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Factors that could affect the Company's financial performance or position, compliance with applicable debt covenants, or cash flow include those risks and uncertainties listed above and other risks and uncertainties that may be described from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 10-K and, if applicable, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.