Deere Board Raises Dividend for 10th Increase Since 2004

MOLINE, Ill., Feb. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - The Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) Board of Directors has approved an increase of the company's dividend to $.46 a share on common stock. The dividend is payable on May 1, 2012 to stockholders of record on March 30, 2012. The new quarterly rate represents an increase of 5 cents per share over the previous level – an increase of approximately 12 percent. This is the tenth increase to the Deere & Company quarterly dividend since early 2004.

"We remain confident in the company's prospects and in our ability to serve customers with great products and services," said Samuel R. Allen, chairman and chief executive officer of Deere & Company. "We are committed to our plans to fund organic growth and return cash directly to our shareholders."

Certain statements in this report are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to future events and financial performance. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated (expressed or implied) by such forward-looking statements, because of, among other things, the risks and uncertainties found in the Company's press releases and other SEC filings, including the risk factors identified under the headings "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Results of Operations and Financial Condition" in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as well as the Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

SOURCE Deere & Company

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