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Equity Investment Instruments 16.51 14.83 3.84 25.7 378.0

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15/10/2018
09:20
Diverse Daily Update: Diverse Income Trust is listed in the Equity Investment Instruments sector of the London Stock Exchange with ticker DIVI. The last closing price for Diverse was 99.55p.
Diverse Income Trust has a 4 week average price of 95p and a 12 week average price of 95p.
The 1 year high share price is 111p while the 1 year low share price is currently 95p.
There are currently 383,787,239 shares in issue and the average daily traded volume is 394,283 shares. The market capitalisation of Diverse Income Trust is £378,030,430.42.
10/10/2018
09:30
la forge: 4 top dividend shares? Vodafone Group plc, AstraZeneca plc, National Grid plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc Do these income shares offer impressive outlooks? Vodafone Group plc (LON:VOD) (VOD.L), AstraZeneca plc (LON:AZN) (AZN.L), National Grid plc (LON:NG) (NG.L) and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (LON:RDSB) (RDSB.L) October 10, 2018 Robert Stephens FTSE 100 Vodafone Group plc Vodafone Group plc The income investing prospects of Vodafone Group plc (LON:VOD) (VOD.L), AstraZeneca plc (LON:AZN) (AZN.L), National Grid plc (LON:NG) (NG.L) and Royal Dutch Shell Plc (LON:RDSB) (RDSB.L) seem to be relatively positive in my view. Vodafone’s share price fall means that it has a dividend yield of over 7%. Although the company is seeing its investment-related costs increase as it bids on 5G spectrum, I think that its long-term growth prospects continue to be bright. The acquisitions it has made may strengthen its overall position, while partnerships could lead to improved competitiveness in key markets. With EPS growth expected to improve next year, I think the Vodafone share price may have investment appeal. AstraZeneca’s investment in its pipeline could lead to stronger EPS performance over the next few years. The company has been able to put in place what seems to be a stronger foundation for future growth, and this could prompt a higher valuation further down the line. With a dividend yield of around 3.7%, I think AstraZeneca remains a relatively appealing income stock. While dividend growth has been non-existent in recent years, its improving financial performance could lead to a rise in shareholder payments in future. National Grid’s dividend yield of around 6% is relatively high when compared to its recent history. This suggests to me that the stock could offer good value for money, while it may also provide a degree of defensive characteristics in case the FTSE 100 continues its recent fall. While political and regulatory risks remain high, I think that National Grid’s overall strategy is sound. Its focus on investing in its North American assets could lead to a stronger overall business in the long run. Shell’s dividend yield stands at over 5% at the moment, which suggests that the company may offer a large margin of safety. Sure, the oil price could come under pressure, and the company’s future may be uncertain. But with free cash flow set to improve and the company engaging in an asset disposal programme, I’m upbeat about its financial outlook. As a result, I feel that Shell’s dividend prospects could improve over the medium term. About Robert Stephens 4520 Articles Robert Stephens is a CFA Charterholder and an Equity Analyst by trade. He is a passionate private investor who has been buying and selling shares for many years, owning a wide range of UK shares in the process. He has written for Citywire and The Motley Fool US and now runs his own business. To contact Robert, please email info@investomania.co.uk or use one of the other contact methods available on the 'Contact Us' page
26/9/2018
10:25
the grumpy old men: 4 surprising dividend growth shares? AstraZeneca plc, Barclays PLC, Glencore PLC and BP plc Do these stocks offer upbeat dividend growth outlooks? AstraZeneca plc (LON:AZN) (AZN.L), Barclays PLC (LON:BARC) (BARC.L), Glencore PLC (LON:GLEN) (GLEN.L) and BP plc (LON:BP) (BP.L) September 26, 2018 Robert Stephens FTSE 100 Barclays Barclays The dividend growth outlooks of AstraZeneca plc (LON:AZN) (AZN.L), Barclays PLC (LON:BARC) (BARC.L), Glencore PLC (LON:GLEN) (GLEN.L) and BP plc (LON:BP) (BP.L) could be relatively strong in my view. After a number of years without rising dividends, AstraZeneca is expected to increase shareholder payments in the next financial year. The company’s investment in its pipeline looks set to pay off, with EPS growth of 12% in 2019 being forecast by the stock market. With the company having an increasingly strong position in a number of key markets, its long-term outlook appears to be improving. A dividend yield of 3.7% may not be the highest in the FTSE 100, but AstraZeneca’s dividend growth potential seems to be high. After freezing its dividend in the last couple of years to focus on rebuilding its balance sheet, Barclays is expected to deliver strong dividend growth over the next two years. In fact, by 2019 its dividend payments are forecast to be around 170% higher than they were in 2017. This puts the stock on a forward yield of 4.5%, and suggests that Barclays could be a surprise income option in the long run. Glencore’s share price performance has been relatively disappointing of late. Regulatory concerns and a stronger dollar have caused investor sentiment to come under a degree of pressure. This means that the mining company now has a dividend yield of around 5%. In my view, this provides it with income investing appeal. Clearly, it is a relatively risky and volatile stock which lacks the resilience of some of its FTSE 100 peers. But with a P/E ratio of 9, I feel that Glencore’s risk to reward ratio is relatively appealing. BP’s financial prospects have improved significantly in recent months. A rising oil price means that the company’s EPS growth is expected to positive, although its dividend yield still stands at over 5% in spite of a share price increase. With the BP share price having a P/E ratio of around 13, I feel that it offers good value for money. Since I believe that the oil price could move higher, the stock could deliver improving dividend growth over the medium term. About Robert Stephens 4396 Articles Robert Stephens is a CFA Charterholder and an Equity Analyst by trade. He is a passionate private investor who has been buying and selling shares for many years, owning a wide range of UK shares in the process. He has written for Citywire and The Motley Fool US and now runs his own business. To contact Robert, please email info@investomania.co.uk or use one of the other contact methods available on the 'Contact Us' page
08/8/2018
12:04
waldron: Should you buy the Glencore share price for its massive 10% shareholder yield? Rupert Hargreaves | Wednesday, 8th August, 2018 | More on: GLEN RIO Image source: Getty Images. Glencore (LSE: GLEN) has tested its investors’ nerves over the past five years. Between July 2014 and July 2015, the share price fell 24% excluding dividends, compared to a decline of 2.5% for the FTSE 100. Unfortunately, this was just the start. Over the next six months, to the end of January 2016, the stock cratered a further 65%. A dividend cut, then rights issue only added to the pain. However, since reaching the low in January 2016, the Glencore share price has undergone a miraculous recovery. Today the company is undoubtedly one of the FTSE 100’s top income and growth stocks. But considering the commodity trader’s rocky past, should you buy the shares? A miraculous turnaround Since 2016, Glencore’s management has helped restore investor confidence by aggressively reducing debt and selling off assets. Higher commodity prices have also supported the business. Today the group released its numbers for the first half of 2018, which clearly show how far the firm has come over the past two-and-a-half years. Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation jumped 23% year-on-year to a record $8.3bn. Revenue was $108.5bn, against $100bn a year earlier. Net debt dropped to $9bn, from $10.7bn in the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA came in slightly below the City’s target of $8.5bn because the company struggled to sell 32,000 tonnes of copper. Management is confident it should be able to find buyers for this inventory in the second half. With profits booming, Glencore’s management, led by Ivan Glasenberg (its founder and majority shareholder) is shifting its focus from growth towards shareholder returns. So far this year, the company has announced $4.2bn of cash payouts and stock repurchases, equivalent to 29 US cents per share. According to my numbers, at the current rate of exchange, $0.292 is equal to 22.5p per share. Including debt reduction of $1.7bn or 9p per share, Glencore’s current shareholder yield is 9.7%. The shareholder yield captures the three ways of returning company cash to investors: debt paydown, share buybacks, and dividends. And as the company exits recovery mode, I believe these healthy cash returns are set to continue, making Glencore, to my mind, one of the best investments in the FTSE 100. Cash bonanza Glencore isn’t the only miner chucking off cash. Iron ore giant Rio Tinto (LSE: RIO) also recently announced a record cash return to investors after several years of restructuring. Earlier this month, the company announced a $7bn cash windfall for investors. Rio plans to pay a record interim dividend of $2.2bn and add $1bn to its share buyback programme. Also, management is looking to return $4bn of asset sale proceeds to shareholders. Even though the targeted $7bn cash return is a colossal figure, it pales in comparison to last year’s total distribution of $10bn, which amounted to 50% of shareholder returns for the entire mining sector. Figures compiled by the Financial Times show that since 2013, Rio has returned $35.5bn to shareholders or 36% of its current equity market value. With the group targeting a further $5bn in efficiency savings from operations, and iron ore prices stabilising, it looks as if this trend can continue. Based on the current dividend projections, shares in Rio yield 5.8%. The stock trades at a forward P/E of 10.6.
08/2/2018
07:41
waldron: 4733/5000 Total: Dividend and share repurchase 2018-2020Press release share with twitter share with LinkedIn share with facebook share via email 0 0 08/02/2018 | 8:26 Total's Board of Directors reaffirms its priority to implement the Group's industrial growth strategy and announces the return to shareholder policy for the next 3 years: Proposed dividend at € 2.48 / share for the year 2017 10% increase in the dividend between 2018 and 2020 Up to $ 5 billion of share repurchase in 2018-20 Paris - The Board of Directors, meeting on February 7, 2018, approved the Group's financial statements for the 2017 financial year and reviewed the cash flow allocation policy, including the shareholder return policy, for the 3 coming years. Despite a volatile environment over the past three years, Total has successfully repositioned itself, achieving solid results in 2017 thanks to good operating performance and lowering its organic break-even point before Brent's dividend to $ 27 / b. Major investments over the past five years have resulted in strong growth in high margin production. The Group has also strengthened by investing on a counter-cycle and has acquired resources on attractive terms. It enjoys strong visibility on the growth of its cash flow and increased financial flexibility thanks to a debt ratio (net debt on capital) lowered to 12% at the end of 2017. Confident in the ability of the Group's teams to seize value-creating growth opportunities, the Board of Directors reaffirms the priority it gives to the implementation of the Group's long-term industrial strategy. In this context, the Board of Directors wished to give visibility to the policy of allocation of cash flow and return to the shareholder for the next three years. It has confirmed an investment program of $ 15 - $ 17 billion a year, has set a target of maintaining the debt ratio (net debt to capital) below 20% and maintaining a grade A rating and has also proposed the following measures: 1. Dividend increase of 10% over the next 3 years A dividend for 2017 of € 2.48 / share will be proposed to the Shareholders' Meeting, which corresponds to a balance of € 0.62 / share and a dividend increase of 1.2% compared to 2016 The quarterly installments for the 20181 financial year will be increased by 3.2% to € 0.64 per share, with the intention of proposing to the Annual General Meeting a dividend for the 2018 financial year of € 2.56 / share. The dividend target for the 2020 financial year would be € 2.72 / share 2. Redemption of shares issued without a discount under the share dividend option Maintaining the dividend in stock option to meet the wishes of certain shareholders but without discounting the issue price on the share price Repurchase of newly issued shares for cancellation. No dilution linked to the stock dividend option as of 2018 Immediate redemption of the shares issued in January 2018 as part of the payment of the second installment 2017 3. Up to $ 5 billion of share buybacks over the 2018-20 period The goal is to share with shareholders the benefits of rising oil prices Buyback volumes will be adjusted for oil prices This comes in addition to the repurchase of shares issued as part of the stock dividend 2017 dividend The Board of Directors proposes to the Combined General Meeting of Shareholders, to be held on June 1, 2018, to set the dividend for the 2017 financial year at € 2.48 / share, an increase of 1.2% compared to 2016. Given the three installments of € 0.62 / share for the 2017 financial year, a balance of € 0.62 / share is therefore proposed. The Board also proposes that the Shareholders' Meeting decide to offer shareholders the possibility of receiving the payment of this dividend balance for the 2017 financial year, either in cash or by subscribing for new shares of the Company without a discount. Therefore, subject to approval by the General Assembly of the resolution to be proposed: the balance of the dividend will be detached from the share on Euronext Paris on June 11, 2018; the payment in cash and / or the delivery of any shares issued, depending on the option chosen, should take place on June 28, 2018. 1The first deposit will be paid in October 2018 * * * * * Total contacts Investor Relations: +44 (0) 207 719 7962 l ir@total.com
26/11/2017
10:51
ariane: Dutch Shell plc or GlaxoSmithKline plc? Edward Sheldon | Sunday, 26th November, 2017 | More on: GSK RDSB Photo: Royal Dutch Shell. Fair use. Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSB) and GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK) are two of the most popular dividend stocks in the FTSE 100 index. I own both in my own portfolio. However, neither Shell nor Glaxo are perfect dividend stocks, in my view. Both have struggled with profitability in recent years, and as a result, have not increased their payouts. Today, I’m comparing the two companies. Is one a better dividend stock than the other? Dividend yield Beginning the analysis by looking at each company’s yield reveals that GlaxoSmithKline has a higher dividend yield than Shell right now. Shell paid its shareholders $1.88 in dividends last year, a yield of 5.9% at the current share price and exchange rate. Glaxo paid investors 80p per share, a yield of 6.2%. The healthcare giant wins here. Recent dividend growth Examining recent dividend growth, between 2014 and 2016, Shell paid shareholders $1.88, $1.88 and $1.88. No growth was recorded, however, with the pound having fallen against the dollar, UK investors will have enjoyed a rise in the yield. In comparison, Glaxo, which declares its payout in GBP, paid 80p, 80p and 80p in that time. Again, no growth. However, the company did pay a special dividend of 20p per share in 2015. On that basis, I’ll give Glaxo the win in this department too. Dividend cover City analysts expect Shell to generate earnings per share of $2 this year. That gives a dividend coverage ratio of just 1.06 times last year’s payout. In comparison, analysts expect Glaxo’s earnings to come in at 111p. That gives a coverage ratio of 1.39 times last year’s payout. Glaxo has the upper hand here, although neither ratio is strong. Valuation GlaxoSmithKline shares are also cheaper than Shell shares right now. The healthcare specialist sports a forward looking P/E ratio of just 11.8, vs 15.9 for Shell. So far, Glaxo looks to be the better dividend stock. However, I’m not entirely convinced that it is. Dividend outlook The reason I say this is that Shell appears to have momentum at the moment. The oil price is back up to around $60 per barrel, and at that price, Shell can generate decent levels of free cash flow. With the merger of BG Group complete, Shell’s dividend is looking more and more sustainable, assuming the oil price doesn’t crash again. The stock’s 10% gain over the last three months reflects this. In contrast, I’m getting more concerned about the sustainability of Glaxo’s dividend. Free cash flow is low, and with the group looking at potential acquisitions such as that of Pfizer, there could be implications for the payout. When asked recently whether such a deal would carry dividend risk, CEO Emma Walmsley replied: “We confirmed our intentions to pay the dividend in 2017 of 80 pence and again in 2018 and then we will be returning to declaring the dividend quarterly and not giving a more specific outlook beyond that.” Lack of long-term dividend assurance has rattled investors, with the stock falling 15% over the last three months. The market clearly has doubts about the sustainability of GlaxoSmithKline̵7;s dividend. So while Glaxo has the lower valuation, higher yield and better coverage, if I was to pick one dividend stock between the two right now, I’d be inclined to go with Shell. I believe there’s less chance of a dividend cut with Shell, assuming the oil price doesn’t plummet again.
17/4/2017
07:17
grupo guitarlumber: Do dividends still not lie? (A word to the Weiss) 13:32 17 Feb 2017 Dividends Dividends don't lie, according to investment guru Geraldine Weiss ‘Dividends Don’t Lie: Finding Value in Blue-Chip Stocks” is a well-regarded book by Geraldine Weiss, the former editor of the newsletter, Investment Quality Trends. While the rest of the investment world was focusing on price/earnings ratios – the share price divided by the earnings per share – back in the seventies and eighties Weiss was championing an investment strategy that focused on the dividend yield – dividend as a percentage of share price – of blue chip companies. In particular, she looked for companies with a yield that was close to the top end the historical range, which she regarded as a potential ‘buy’ signal. Likewise, stocks with a yield that was towards the bottom of the range were regarded as overvalued. There were a number of other filters she looked for, many of which we will look at in this article. The book was written in 1990, since when everyone and his dog has gained access to share prices and the computing power to crunch the numbers. In theory, therefore, the chances of a strict application of Weiss’s filters turning up undiscovered gems are practically zero, as the minute any stock falls into buying range, the algorithmic trading automatons at the big investment banks and fund managers should pile in. Instead, we are going to investigate what I have called the Geraldine Weiss Champion Hurdle, applying additional filters as we go along and seeing which ones fall at a particular hurdle, and which ones run on. Hurdle number 1: Does it pay a dividend? There are 967 stocks on the LSE that have a dividend yield, which is to say they paid a dividend in the last 12 months. Excluding venture capital trusts (which are closed-end private equity investment schemes), the highest yielder is Trading Emissions PLC (LON:TRE), the solar power company that is selling off a portion of its Italian solar portfolio and returning cash to shareholders. Valued at just over £5mln, it is no one’s idea of a blue-chip. Of the FTSE 350 stocks, Talktalk Telecom Group PLC (LON:TALK) is the highest yielder at 9.7%. My old mum used to say to me (well, let’s imagine she did for the sake of this article) beware of any stock yielding more than 7%, as it means the market thinks a dividend cut is on the way. Weiss had a filter for sniffing out potential dividend cuts that we’ll get to in a later article, but for information purposes only the other FTSE 350 stocks yielding more than 7% are: Redefine International, Carillion, Pearson, Aberdeen Asset Management, P2P Global Investments, Centamin, Cobham and NEX Group. 2. Is it yielding more than its average yield over the last 10 years? About half of the ‘horses’ fall at this particular hurdle, reducing the field to 499. Of the FTSE 350 runners & riders, Redefine and NEX Group fail to make the cut. 3. Is the yield towards the top end of the historical 10 year range? Restricting the selection to those stocks yielding 1.5 times their 10-year average yield cuts the list to 190 stocks. A number of stocks catch the eye yielding many times their historical average; this can either be a good sign – signifying handsome dividend growth – or a bad sign, signifying the market thinks the divi is not copper-bottomed. In the case of Newmark Security PLC (LON:TCM), for instance, which is yielding 3.3 times its historical average, the signs look positive as the company upped its dividend in 2014 and 2015 and maintained it in 2016, despite issuing a profit warning last year. A bit more digging would be necessary to determine whether Newmark is worth buying, but under Weiss’s system – or at least the parts of it we have applied so far – it might be that the profit warning has battered the share price enough for the stock to be worth pocketing for the dividend. In the case of Fairpoint Group, yielding 5.9 times its historical average, the signs are negative, as the company has signalled it will suspend dividend payments until new management has righted the ship. 4. Does it have a record of growing dividends over the last 10 years? Weiss apparently looked for stocks that had raised dividends at a compound annual rate of at least 10% over the past 12 years. Our data only goes back 10 years, so a compound annual increase of at least 10% over that period equates to an aggregate increase of about 160%. That filter reduces the size of the list to 31 stocks. Oilfield support services firm Petrofac Limited (LON:PFC) was the stock to own over the last 10 years for dividend growth, with the divi up (in sterling terms) from 8.15p in 2007 to 46.87p in 2015/6. 5. Is it selling for two times less than book value? Proving that Weiss was not totally averse to looking at the fundamental value of a company, she liked to filter out stocks that were valued at more than twice their book value (or net asset value, if you prefer). This hurdle knocks another nine runners out of the race, leaving 22. Again, excluding venture capital trusts, the cheapest stock appears to be Pebble Beach Systems Group PLC (LON:PEB), the software and technology company formerly known as Vislink. As the company announced earlier this week it would be restructuring and parting company with its executive chairman after putting out a profit warning earlier this month, it is probably safe to assume this one would not meet Weiss’s definition of a “blue chip company”. 6. Is it trading on an earnings multiple of less than 20? Everyone likes a bargain, and Weiss was apparently no exception, though I am not sure why she chose the cut-off point of a price/earnings ratio of 20. We’re getting down to the nitty-gritty now, with just nine survivors. Screening out venture capital trusts leaves just five, and one of those is Pebble Beach, so in reality we are down to just four companies in what has been more like a steeplechase than a hurdle race. Those four are (drum roll, please): Mitie Group PLC (LON:MTO), Aberdeen Asset Management PLC (LON:ADN), RPS Group PLC (LON:RPS) and UNITE Group PLC (LON:UTG). All of those are worth looking at in more detail and applying a few more of Weiss’s filters, to see whether they make the grade, but that will have to wait for another day.
30/3/2017
13:21
sarkasm: As oil prices falter, fears return on BP and Shell dividends Written by Bloomberg - 30/03/2017 10:58 am Shell news Sign up to our daily newsletter Subscribe TodayPackages from £10 per monthPackages from £10 per month As they guided Europe’s largest oil companies through the industry’s worst slump in two decades, the bosses of Royal Dutch Shell Plc and BP Plc had a simple message for investors: we’ll protect the dividend at all costs. Not everyone is convinced they’ll be able to keep their word. Even after they raised billions of dollars by cutting costs, selling assets and adding debt, cash is pouring out of both companies in the form of hefty shareholder dividends. Yields on those payments — which fell through 2016 as crude started to recover — have risen this year, typically a signal that investors fear a cut in payouts. “BP and Royal Dutch Shell have unsustainable dividends,” Neil Woodford, head of investment at Woodford Investment Management Ltd. who manages about $20 billion, wrote in a blog. “These companies are liquidating themselves rather than facing up to the need for a dividend cut. The only thing that can save them from that eventuality is a return to sustainably higher oil prices -– something that I think is very unlikely to happen.” BP shelled out $4.6 billion in cash dividends last year, on top of $16 billion in capital spending, according to a presentation last month. It failed to generate enough cash from operations to match that outlay. Shell’s cash also fell short as project spending reached $22 billion and cash dividends $9.7 billion. Related Articles Big Oil debt tops out as cost cuts combine with price rally BP falling behind rivals on breakeven oil price Shell’s record BG deal starts to pay off as production surges While crude rebounded more than 50 percent in 2016, prices have since slid this year as U.S. production and inventories climb. Global benchmark Brent traded at $52.48 a barrel at 2:03 p.m. Singapore time. The price decline has weighed on the shares of Europe’s majors, with London-based BP down 9.5 percent this year and The Hague-based Shell losing 5.4 percent. This week BP’s dividend yield — the annual return divided by the share price — rose to the highest this year. It’s now at 7.1 percent, compared with 6.2 percent at the end of 2016. Shell’s yield has risen to 6.5 percent from 5.9 percent. Payout Priority Dividends from Big Oil have been in the spotlight since crude’s 2014-2015 slump decimated cash and profits. Shell and BP have long deemed the payouts sacrosanct — Shell hasn’t cut its dividend since at least the Second World War — and have increased debt and sold assets to show investors that payments will be maintained. Yet some competitors have caved in. Italian peer Eni SpA capitulated when its dividend yield was 7.2 percent, becoming the first major oil company to reduce its payout in 2015. Spain’s Repsol SA followed, cutting its final 2015 dividend when it was yielding 8.8 percent. The average yield for the U.K. benchmark FTSE 100 index is currently 3.83 percent. Shell Chief Executive Officer Ben van Beurden said earlier this year that free cash flow “more than covered our cash dividend” in the last quarter and “there is no change in the dividend intention.” The company declined to comment beyond that statement this week. BP also declined to comment. In February, CEO Bob Dudley said the dividend remains a top priority and BP is “sustaining and strengthening” the payout. Investors Unconvinced “The companies have spent a lot of time trying to convince shareholders about the dividend but not everyone believes them,” said Iain Armstrong, an analyst at Brewin Dolphin Ltd., which owns BP and Shell shares. “If and when oil goes to $60, people will really start to believe the dividend is safe.” BP’s Dudley has spent most of his six-year tenure divesting assets, but BP went on a spending spree at the end of 2016 — taking in assets around Africa and the Middle East — which will result in a cash shortfall this year if oil stays below $60 a barrel. Both BP and Shell have grappled with debts as they stick doggedly to their dividends. BP’s ratio of net debt to capital rose to 26.8 percent at the end of 2016 from 21.6 percent a year earlier. At Shell, additional borrowing for its $54 billion acquisition of BG Group Plc pushed the ratio to 28 percent at the end of 2016 — more than double the year-earlier level. Total’s Confidence Not all Europe’s oil majors are feeling the same pressure. French peer Total SA said Feb. 9 it should be able to fund operations and cash dividends at $50 a barrel this year — $5 lower than its previous estimate. It also plans to increase its dividend by 1.6 percent after reporting a 45 percent jump in fourth-quarter cash from operations. Total’s dividend yield is 5.3 percent. While indicating increased risk, a high dividend yield can be an opportunity to lock in returns for investors confident that the companies will maintain payouts, Brewin Dolphin’s Armstrong said. For comparison, the return on U.K. benchmark 10-year bonds is 1.16 percent and on Germany’s, 0.35 percent. During the market downturn, Shell, BP and Total have all made use of scrip dividends — offering investors payouts in shares — helping them to preserve cash as they battle to reduce debts. Yet scrip payouts dilute earnings per share and don’t necessarily rule out a dividend reduction if crude remains depressed. “The oil majors are an unattractive investment proposition while the threat of a dividend cut hangs over them,” Woodford said.
27/3/2017
22:40
waldron: 1st quarter 2017 Announcement date May 4, 2017 Ex-dividend date RDS A ADSs and RDS B ADSs May 17, 2017 Ex-dividend date RDS A and RDS B shares May 18, 2017 Record date May 19, 2017 Scrip reference share price announcement date May 25, 2017 Closing of scrip election and currency election (See Note) June 5, 2017 Pounds sterling and euro equivalents announcement date June 12, 2017 Payment date June 26, 2017 Note Both a different scrip and currency election date may apply to shareholders holding shares in a securities account with a bank or financial institution ultimately holding through Euroclear Nederland. This may also apply to other shareholders who do not hold their shares either directly on the Register of Members or in the corporate sponsored nominee arrangement. Shareholders can contact their broker, financial intermediary, bank or financial institution for the election deadline that applies. A different scrip election date may apply to registered and non-registered ADS holders. Registered ADS holders can contact The Bank of New York Mellon for the election deadline that applies. Non-registered ADS holders can contact their broker, financial intermediary, bank or financial institution for the election deadline that applies. The 2017 interim dividend timetable is also available on www.shell.com/dividend 2nd quarter 2017 Announcement date July 27, 2017 Ex-dividend date RDS A ADSs and RDS B ADSs August 9, 2017 Ex-dividend date RDS A and RDS B shares August 10, 2017 Record date August 11, 2017 Scrip reference share price announcement date August 17, 2017 Closing of scrip election and currency election (See Note) August 25, 2017 Pounds sterling and euro equivalents announcement date September 4, 2017 Payment date September 18, 2017 Note Both a different scrip and currency election date may apply to shareholders holding shares in a securities account with a bank or financial institution ultimately holding through Euroclear Nederland. This may also apply to other shareholders who do not hold their shares either directly on the Register of Members or in the corporate sponsored nominee arrangement. Shareholders can contact their broker, financial intermediary, bank or financial institution for the election deadline that applies. A different scrip election date may apply to registered and non-registered ADS holders. Registered ADS holders can contact The Bank of New York Mellon for the election deadline that applies. Non-registered ADS holders can contact their broker, financial intermediary, bank or financial institution for the election deadline that applies. The 2017 interim dividend timetable is also available on www.shell.com/dividend 3rd quarter 2017 Announcement date November 2, 2017 Ex-dividend date RDS A ADSs and RDS B ADSs November 15, 2017 Ex-dividend date RDS A and RDS B shares November 16, 2017 Record date November 17, 2017 Scrip reference share price announcement date November 23, 2017 Closing of scrip election and currency election (See Note) December 1, 2017 Pounds sterling and euro equivalents announcement date December 7, 2017 Payment date December 20, 2017 Note Both a different scrip and currency election date may apply to shareholders holding shares in a securities account with a bank or financial institution ultimately holding through Euroclear Nederland. This may also apply to other shareholders who do not hold their shares either directly on the Register of Members or in the corporate sponsored nominee arrangement. Shareholders can contact their broker, financial intermediary, bank or financial institution for the election deadline that applies. A different scrip election date may apply to registered and non-registered ADS holders. Registered ADS holders can contact The Bank of New York Mellon for the election deadline that applies. Non-registered ADS holders can contact their broker, financial intermediary, bank or financial institution for the election deadline that applies. The 2017 interim dividend timetable is also available on www.shell.com/dividend
02/2/2017
07:41
waldron: Royal Dutch Shell Shell Fourth Quarter 2016 Interim Dividend 02/02/2017 7:06am UK Regulatory (RNS & others) TIDMRDSA TIDMRDSB ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC FOURTH QUARTER 2016 INTERIM DIVID The Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc ("RDS") today announced an interim dividend in respect of the fourth quarter of 2016 of US$0.47 per A ordinary share ("A Share") and B ordinary share ("B Share"), equal to the US dollar dividend for the same quarter last year. The Board expects that the first quarter 2017 interim dividend will be US$0.47, equal to the US dollar dividend for the same quarter in the previous year. The first quarter 2017 interim dividend is scheduled to be announced on May 4, 2017. RDS provides eligible shareholders with a choice to receive dividends in cash or in shares via a Scrip Dividend Programme ("the Programme"). For further details please see below. Details relating to the fourth quarter 2016 interim dividend It is expected that cash dividends on the B Shares will be paid via the Dividend Access Mechanism from UK-sourced income of the Shell Group. Per ordinary share Q4 2016 RDS A Shares (US$) 0.47 RDS B Shares (US$) 0.47 Cash dividends on A Shares will be paid, by default, in euro, although holders of A Shares will be able to elect to receive dividends in pounds sterling. Cash dividends on B Shares will be paid, by default, in pounds sterling, although holders of B Shares will be able to elect to receive dividends in euro. The pounds sterling and euro equivalent dividend payments will be announced on March 10, 2017. Per ADS Q4 2016 RDS A ADSs (US$) 0.94 RDS B ADSs (US$) 0.94 Cash dividends on American Depository Shares ("ADSs") will be paid, by default, in US dollars. ADS stands for an American Depositary Share. ADR stands for an American Depositary Receipt. An ADR is a certificate that evidences ADSs. ADSs are listed on the NYSE under the symbols RDS.A and RDS.B. Each ADS represents two ordinary shares, two A Shares in the case of RDS.A or two B Shares in the case of RDS.B. In many cases the terms ADR and ADS are used interchangeably. Scrip Dividend Programme RDS provides shareholders with a choice to receive dividends in cash or in shares via the Programme. Under the Programme shareholders can increase their shareholding in RDS by choosing to receive new shares instead of cash dividends, if approved by the Board. Only new A Shares will be issued under the Programme, including to shareholders who currently hold B Shares. In some countries, joining the Programme may currently offer a tax advantage compared with receiving cash dividends. In particular, dividends paid out as shares by the Company will not be subject to Dutch dividend withholding tax (currently 15 per cent), unlike cash dividends paid on A shares, and they will not generally be taxed on receipt by a UK shareholder or a Dutch shareholder. Shareholders who elect to join the Programme will increase the number of shares held in RDS without having to buy existing shares in the market, thereby avoiding associated dealing costs. Shareholders who do not join the Programme will continue to receive in cash any dividends approved by the Board. Shareholders who held only B Shares and joined the Programme are reminded they will need to make a Scrip Dividend Election in respect of their new A Shares if they wish to join the Programme in respect of such new shares. However, this is only necessary if the shareholder has not previously made a Scrip Dividend Election in respect of any new A Shares issued. For further information on the Programme, including how to join if you are eligible, please refer to the appropriate publication available on www.shell.com/scrip. Dividend timetable for the fourth quarter 2016 interim dividend Announcement date February 2, 2017 Ex-dividend date RDS A and RDS B ADSs February 15, 2017 Ex-dividend date RDS A and RDS B shares February 16, 2017 Record date February 17, 2017 Scrip reference share price announcement February 23, 2017 date Closing of scrip election and currency March 3, 2017 election (See Note) Pounds sterling and euro equivalents March 10, 2017 announcement date Payment date March 27, 2017 Note Both a different scrip and currency election date may apply to shareholders holding shares in a securities account with a bank or financial institution ultimately holding through Euroclear Nederland. This may also apply to other shareholders who do not hold their shares either directly on the Register of Members or in the corporate sponsored nominee arrangement. Shareholders can contact their broker, financial intermediary, bank or financial institution for the election deadline that applies. A different scrip election date may apply to registered and non-registered ADS holders. Registered ADS holders can contact The Bank of New York Mellon for the election deadline that applies. Non-registered ADS holders can contact their broker, financial intermediary, bank or financial institution for the election deadline that applies. Taxation - cash dividends Cash dividends on A Shares will be subject to the deduction of Dutch dividend withholding tax at the rate of 15%, which may be reduced in certain circumstances. Based on a policy statement issued by the Dutch Ministry of Finance on April 29, 2016 (which has been formalised in law with effect from January 2017), and depending on their particular circumstances, non-Dutch resident shareholders may be entitled to a full or partial refund of Dutch dividend withholding tax. Furthermore, in April 2016, there were changes to the UK taxation of dividends. The dividend tax credit has been abolished, and a new tax free dividend allowance of GBP5,000 introduced. Dividend income in excess of the allowance will be taxable at the following rates: 7.5% within the basic rate band; 32.5% within the higher rate band; and 38.1% on dividend income taxable at the additional rate. If you are uncertain as to the tax treatment of any dividends you should consult your own tax advisor. Royal Dutch Shell plc The Hague, February 2, 2017 Contacts: - Investor Relations: Europe + 31 (0) 70 377 4540; North America +1 832 337 2034 - Media: International +44 (0) 207 934 5550; Americas +1 713 241 4544
04/5/2016
07:54
waldron: Royal Dutch Shell RDS Q1 2016 Dividend Announcement 04/05/2016 6:00am UK Regulatory (RNS & others) TIDMRDSA TIDMRDSB ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC FIRST QUARTER 2016 INTERIM DIVIDEND The Hague, May 4, 2016 - The Board of Royal Dutch Shell plc ("RDS") today announced an interim dividend in respect of the first quarter of 2016 of US$0.47 per A ordinary share ("A Share") and B ordinary share ("B Share"), equal to the US dollar dividend for the same quarter last year. RDS provides eligible shareholders with a choice to receive dividends in cash or in shares via a Scrip Dividend Programme ("the Programme"). For further details please see below. Details relating to the first quarter 2016 interim dividend It is expected that cash dividends on the B Shares will be paid via the Dividend Access Mechanism from UK-sourced income of the Shell Group. Per ordinary share Q1 2016 RDS A Shares (US$) 0.47 RDS B Shares (US$) 0.47 Cash dividends on A Shares will be paid, by default, in euro, although holders of A Shares will be able to elect to receive dividends in pounds sterling. Cash dividends on B Shares will be paid, by default, in pounds sterling, although holders of B Shares will be able to elect to receive dividends in euro. The pounds sterling and euro equivalent dividend payments will be announced on June 13, 2016. Per ADS Q1 2016 RDS A ADSs (US$) 0.94 RDS B ADSs (US$) 0.94 Cash dividends on American Depository Shares ("ADSs") will be paid, by default, in US dollars. ADS stands for an American Depositary Share. ADR stands for an American Depositary Receipt. An ADR is a certificate that evidences ADSs. ADSs are listed on the NYSE under the symbols RDS.A and RDS.B. Each ADS represents two ordinary shares, two A Shares in the case of RDS.A or two B Shares in the case of RDS.B. In many cases the terms ADR and ADS are used interchangeably. Scrip Dividend Programme RDS provides shareholders with a choice to receive dividends in cash or in shares via the Programme. Under the Programme shareholders can increase their shareholding in RDS by choosing to receive new shares instead of cash dividends, if approved by the Board. Only new A Shares will be issued under the Programme, including to shareholders who currently hold B Shares. In some countries, joining the Programme may currently offer a tax advantage compared with receiving cash dividends. In particular, dividends paid out as shares by the Company will not be subject to Dutch dividend withholding tax (currently 15 per cent), unlike cash dividends paid on A shares, and they will not generally be taxed on receipt by a UK shareholder or a Dutch shareholder. Shareholders who elect to join the Programme will increase the number of shares held in RDS without having to buy existing shares in the market, thereby avoiding associated dealing costs. Shareholders who do not join the Programme will continue to receive in cash any dividends approved by the Board. Shareholders who held only B Shares and joined the Programme are reminded they will need to make a Scrip Dividend Election in respect of their new A Shares if they wish to join the Programme in respect of such new shares. However, this is only necessary if the shareholder has not previously made a Scrip Dividend Election in respect of any new A Shares issued. For further information on the Programme, including how to join if you are eligible, please refer to the appropriate publication available on www.shell.com/scrip. Dividend timetable for the first quarter 2016 interim dividend Announcement date May 4, 2016 Ex-dividend date RDS A and RDS B ADS May 18, 2016 Ex-dividend date RDS A and RDS B shares May 19, 2016 Record date May 20, 2016 Scrip reference share price announcement date May 26, 2016 Closing of scrip election and currency election (See Note) June 6, 2016 Pounds sterling and euro equivalents announcement date June 13, 2016 Payment date June 27, 2016 Note Both a different scrip and currency election date may apply to shareholders holding shares in a securities account with a bank or financial institution ultimately holding through Euroclear Nederland. This may also apply to other shareholders who do not hold their shares either directly on the Register of Members or in the corporate sponsored nominee arrangement. Shareholders can contact their broker, financial intermediary, bank or financial institution for the election deadline that applies. A different scrip election date may apply to registered and non-registered ADS holders. Registered ADS holders can contact The Bank of New York Mellon for the election deadline that applies. Non-registered ADS holders can contact their broker, financial intermediary, bank or financial institution for the election deadline that applies. Taxation - cash dividends Cash dividends on A Shares will be subject to the deduction of Dutch dividend withholding tax at the rate of 15%, which may be reduced in certain circumstances. In April 2016, there were changes to the UK taxation of dividends. The dividend tax credit has been abolished, and a new tax free dividend allowance of GBP5,000 introduced. Dividend income in excess of the allowance will be taxable at the following rates: 7.5% within the basic rate band; 32.5% within the higher rate band; and 38.1% on dividend income taxable at the additional rate. If you are uncertain as to the tax treatment of any dividends you should consult your own tax advisor. Royal Dutch Shell plc Contacts: - Investor Relations: Europe + 31 (0) 70 377 4540; North America +1 832 337 2034 - Media: International +44 (0) 207 934 5550; Americas +1 713 241 4544
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