TORONTO, Jan. 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Urbana Corporation ("Urbana") (TSX:URB) (TSX:URB.A) (CSE:URB) (CSE:URB.A) announces that today its Board of Directors (the “Board”) declared a regular dividend of seven cents ($0.07) per share, a 40% increase from the previous regular annual dividend of five cents ($0.05) per share, on the issued and outstanding common and non-voting Class A shares of  Urbana.

In addition, the Board also declared a special dividend of three cents ($0.03) per share, for a total dividend of ten cents ($0.10) per share, on the issued and outstanding common and non-voting Class A shares of Urbana.  In the future, special dividends will, at the discretion of the Board, be based upon Urbana’s annual net asset growth in comparison to the company’s long-term average growth.

It is the desire of Urbana’s Board to increase the dividend in line with the company’s progress.   

The combined dividend is payable on the 31st day of January, 2018, to the shareholders of record at the close of business on the 17th day of January, 2018. The ex-dividend date is the 16th day of January, 2018.

Eligible Dividend Designation - pursuant to subsection 89(14) of the Income Tax Act of Canada (ITA) each dividend paid by Urbana qualifies as and is designated an eligible dividend for Canadian income tax purposes, as defined in subsection 89(1) of the ITA.

For a copy of Urbana’s current dividend policy, please visit

On behalf of Urbana’s Board of Directors,
Thomas S. Caldwell, C.M.

Please contact Elizabeth Naumovski, Investor Relations, at 416-595-9106 for further information.

All information in this news release, other than statements of historical fact, may be forward-looking information.  Any forward-looking information in this news release is provided as at the date of this news release, based upon the opinions and estimates of management and information available to management as at the date of this news release. Urbana undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking information contained in this news release.