The Empire District Electric Company Declaration of Dividend

JOPLIN, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Board of Directors of The Empire District Electric Company (NYS: EDE) today declared a quarterly dividend of $0.25 per share on common stock payable March 15, 2013, to holders of record as of March 1, 2013.

Brad Beecher, President and CEO, will host a conference call and webcast Friday, February 15, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss earnings for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012. The conference call will follow the Company's earnings news release, which will be available on Thursday, February 14, 2013. To phone in to the conference call, interested parties in the United States should dial 1-877-941-0844, any time after 12:45 p.m. Eastern Time. The webcast presentation and accompanying slides can also be accessed from Empire's website at www.empiredistrict.com. A replay of the call will be available for two weeks by dialing 1-800-406-7325 and entering passcode 4593126#. The webcast presentation will be available for replay for one year from today's date. Forward-looking and other material information may be discussed during the conference call.


Based in Joplin, Missouri, The Empire District Electric Company (NYS: EDE) is an investor-owned utility providing electric, natural gas (through its wholly owned subsidiary The Empire District Gas Company) and water service, with approximately 216,000 customers in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. A subsidiary of the Company also provides fiber optic services. For more information regarding Empire, visit www.empiredistrict.com.

Certain matters discussed in this press release are "forward-looking statements" intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements address future plans, objectives, expectations, earnings, and events or conditions concerning various matters. Actual results in each case could differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements, by reason of the factors noted in our filings with the SEC, including the most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.



The Empire District Electric Company
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Amy Bass, 417-625-5114
Director of Corporate Communications
abass@empiredistrict.com
or
Investor Relations
Jan Watson, 417-625-5108
Secretary - Treasurer
jwatson@empiredistrict.com

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