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 September 11, 2015 - 6:30 PM EDT
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Williams Increases Quarterly Dividend to $0.64 per Share or $2.56 Annualized

Williams' (NYSE: WMB) board of directors has approved a regular dividend of $0.64 on the company’s common stock, payable September 30, 2015, to holders of record at the close of business September 24, 2015.

The new amount is an increase of $0.08, or 14 percent, from the third-quarter 2014 dividend and an increase of $0.05, or 8.5 percent, from the previous quarter. The increase is consistent with dividend guidance Williams issued July 29, 2015 as part of its second-quarter earnings announcement.

The process to explore a range of strategic alternatives announced by Williams on June 21, 2015, following receipt of an unsolicited proposal to acquire Williams, is ongoing.

Williams has paid a common stock dividend every quarter since 1974.

About Williams

Williams (NYSE: WMB) is a premier provider of large-scale infrastructure connecting North American natural gas and natural gas products to growing demand for cleaner fuel and feedstocks. Headquartered in Tulsa, Okla., Williams owns approximately 60 percent of Williams Partners L.P. (NYSE: WPZ), including all of the 2 percent general-partner interest. Williams Partners is an industry-leading, large-cap master limited partnership with operations across the natural gas value chain from gathering, processing and interstate transportation of natural gas and natural gas liquids to petchem production of ethylene, propylene and other olefins. With major positions in top U.S. supply basins and also in Canada, Williams Partners owns and operates more than 33,000 miles of pipelines system wide – including the nation’s largest volume and fastest growing pipeline – providing natural gas for clean-power generation, heating and industrial use. Williams Partners’ operations touch approximately 30 percent of U.S. natural gas.

Portions of this document may constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined by federal law. Although the company believes any such statements are based on reasonable assumptions, there is no assurance that actual outcomes will not be materially different. Any such statements are made in reliance on the “safe harbor” protections provided under the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995. Additional information about issues that could lead to material changes in performance is contained in the company’s annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Media Contact:
Tom Droege, 918-573-4034
Investor Contacts:
John Porter, 918-573-0797
Brett Krieg, 918-573-4614

Source: Business Wire (September 11, 2015 - 6:30 PM EDT)

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