SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT
TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 26, 2005
THE CATO CORPORATION
|(State or Other Jurisdiction
|8100 Denmark Road, Charlotte, NC||28273-5975|
|(Address of Principal Executive Offices)||(Zip Code)|
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Item 8.01. Other Events.
On May 26, 2005, The Cato Corporation (the Company) issued a press release announcing a 3-for-2 stock split in the form of a stock dividend of its Class A and Class B common stock. The stock split will entitle all shareholders of record at the close of business on June 13, 2005 to receive one additional share of Class A common stock for every two shares of Class A common stock held on that date and one additional share of Class B common stock for every two shares of Class B common stock held on that date. The Company expects to distribute the shares to be issued as a result of the split on June 27, 2005.
Further, the Company announced the declaration of an increase in its regular quarterly cash dividend to an annualized rate of $.78 per share on a pre-split basis. On a post-split basis, the annualized rate is $.52 per share. The dividend will be paid on a post-split basis at a quarterly rate of $.13 per share with the first payable date of June 27, 2005 to shareholders of record of Class A and Class B common stock on June 13, 2005.
A copy of the press release issued by the Company is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Press Release of The Cato Corporation dated May 26, 2005
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.
|THE CATO CORPORATION|
|May 31, 2005
/s/ John P. Derham Cato
John P. Derham Cato
Chairman, President and
Chief Executive Officer
|May 31, 2005
/s/ Michael O. Moore
Michael O. Moore
Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer and Secretary