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What is Empire's ticker symbol?
Does Empire pay a common stock dividend?
Can Empire dividends be reinvested?
Can Empire dividends be deposited directly to my bank account?
Can common stock be purchased from Empire?
Where can I get more information about the DRIP Plan?
Who is the transfer agent for Empire?
Can I access my shareholder account online?
Does Empire schedule quarterly conference calls?
What analysts cover Empire District Electric?


Q. What is Empire's ticker symbol?
A. Empire District Electric's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "EDE".



Q. Does Empire pay a common stock dividend?
A. Prior to May 2011, Empire had paid regular quarterly dividends without interruption since 1944. Following the EF-5 tornado to hit the Joplin, Missouri area on May 22, 2011, the Board of Directors suspended the dividend for the third and fourth quarters of 2011. In 2012, the board reinstated the quarterly dividend at $0.25 per share, a reduction from the $0.32 per share previously paid. In December 2013, the board declared a quarterly dividend of $0.255 per share, reflecting a 2% increase over the previous quarter's dividend.

The amount and timing of dividends, if any, is determined by the Board of Directors on a quarterly basis.



Q. Can Empire dividends be reinvested?
A. Yes, they can be reinvested through the Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan (DRIP) with a 3% discount.



Q. Can Empire dividends be deposited directly to my bank account?
A. Yes, you may sign up for direct deposit and have your funds electronically transferred each payment date. To receive a Direct Deposit Authorization Card, contact Wells Fargo at 800-468-9716 or electronically submit a printed material request.



Q. Can common stock be purchased from Empire?
A. Yes, for current registered Empire shareholders, additional shares of common stock can be purchased through the DRIP with a minimum of $50 per transaction and a maximum of $125,000 per year.



Q. Where can I get more information about the DRIP Plan?
A. You can get more information by visiting the dividend reinvestment area of this website, or you can contact the transfer agent, Wells Fargo, at 800-468-9716 or www.shareowneronline.com.



Q. Who is the transfer agent for Empire?
A. The transfer agent for Empire and the Plan Administrator of the DRIP Plan is Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

You may link to them at www.shareowneronline.com for information, answers to many frequently asked questions, and their contact information.

General written inquiries and address changes should be sent to:
  • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
  • Shareowner Services
  • P.O. Box 64854
  • St. Paul, MN 55164-0854
Written inquiries related specifically to the Dividend Reinvestment and Stock Purchase Plan, optional cash investments, and/or Plan transaction requests should be sent to:
  • Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
  • Investment Plan Services
  • P.O. Box 64856
  • St. Paul, MN 55164-0856
Telephone inquiries should be made to Wells Fargo at:
  • 800-468-9716 (toll free in the United States and Canada)
  • 651-450-4064 (outside of the United States)


Q. Can I access my shareholder account online?
A. Yes, current registered shareholders can access their account at www.shareowneronline.com.



Q. Does Empire schedule quarterly conference calls?
A. Yes. See the presentations page for information. Empire will post the time and dial-in information approximately two weeks before each call.



Q. What analysts cover Empire District Electric?
A.
Gabelli & Company - Timothy Winter

 
UBS Securities - Julien Dumoulin-Smith

 
Value Line - Paul Debbas

 
Wells Fargo - Neil Kalton