September 19th, 2012
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A number of dividend paying companies have released their results, during the last few weeks, including dividend announcements:
BHP Billiton published annual results to 30 June. As a world-wide operating mining conglomerate it accounts in US dollars in common with most companies engaged in the business of minerals extraction.
The final dividend is 57¢ and has already gone ex-dividend on 5 September. The sterling conversion is 35.704286 pence to be paid 28 September. The total payout for the year was 112¢ against 101¢ for 2011, up an inflation beating 10.9 per cent on last year's 101¢. In sterling total dividends was 70.29 pence for 2012 against 63.19 pence for 2011, a rise of 11.2% which is more or less the same The sterling dividend forecast for 2013 is 75.3 pence.
Diageo published annual results to 30 June. The final dividend is 26.9 pence and has already gone ex-dividend on 5 September and will be payable on 22 October. Total dividend for 2012 is 43.5 pence, up an inflation beating 7.7 per cent on 2011. The 2013 dividend forecast is 48.2 pence.
Diageo share price has increased substantially the last few months with a corresponding drop of its current and future dividend yield. Unfortunately, dividend increases have not kept pace with the increase in its share price.
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Aviva released half year results to 30 June. The interim dividend is an unchanged 10 pence per share going ex-dividend on 19 September and paid on 16 November.
The company is in the midst of a major reorganisation following a change of management, involving the sale several assets plus substantial cost reductions. It made a net loss in the period after some hefty writing downs. Some commentators fear a dividend cut for 2013/14
Standard Life published half year results to 30 June. The interim dividend is 4.9 pence (6.5% up on last year’s 4.6 pence) and has already gone ex-dividend on 22 August and will be paid on 14 November. The 2012 dividend forecast is 14.5 pence.
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