Calista Corporation’s fall dividend totals $3.85M
The Calista Corporation’s board met on Oct. 15 to approve the final amount for its November distribution to shareholders. Fall distributions have more than doubled since the Alaska Native corporation started paying them out in 2014.
Calista shareholders will receive $1 per share this November. The Akilista payments come out of an investment fund the corporation established in 2014. On average, shareholders own 100 shares, according to the corporation. Calista’s shareholder numbers are on the rise, topping 35,000 this year.
"Through a shareholder-backed resolution previously, shareholders voted to have open enrollment for Calista descendents,” said Calista Communications Coordinator Russ Slaten.
This spring, Calista announced its largest payout ever: $9.8 million. The fall season Akilista distributions increased 15% since last year to total $3.85 million.
In a Facebook post this month, Calista told shareholders that they might see a deposit for zero dollars and zero cents in their bank accounts. The corporation was testing its direct deposit system to make sure accounts signed up for the service were still active. Fewer than half of Calista’s shareholders are signed up for direct deposit. Slaten said that the corporation is urging shareholders to use direct deposit because it’s a safe way to bank.
“For me, as a Calista shareholder, it makes it easier to not have to worry about getting it to the bank or worry about waiting for it to get through the mail. It just goes straight to the account," Slaten said.
The Calista Corporation will make a third payment to Elder shareholders, 65 and older, in December. Those payments are also pending board approval.