The World’s 20 Biggest Dividend Payers

The Henderson Global Dividend Index from Henderson Global Investors is a long-term study of global dividend trends. The report contains fascinating facts on dividends paid out by firms based on various regions and countries. The latest edition released last month lists the top dividend payers in the world.

The World’s 20 Biggest Dividend Payers are listed in the table below:

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World Top Dividend Payers-2016-Q1

Source: The Henderson Global Dividend Index, Edition 10, May 2016, Henderson Global Investors

A few observations:

  • Almost all of the dividend payers listed above are American or European firms.
  • Energy, pharma, banking and consumer staples dominate the ranking.
  • Between them these 20 firms paid out an astonishing $39.13 billion in dividends in the first quarter.
  • Many of these firms appear in this list year after year. So they can trusted for consistent income.

Investors looking for dividend stocks can use this list to research further and add select stocks in a phased manner. These 20 stocks are listed below with their tickers on the US market and the current dividend yield:

1.Company: Novartis AG (NVS)
Current Dividend Yield: 3.36%
Sector: Pharmaceuticals
Country: Switzerland

2.Company: Royal Dutch Shell PLC (RDS.A)
Current Dividend Yield: 7.60%
Sector: Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels
Country: UK

3.Company: BP PLC (BP)
Current Dividend Yield: 7.53%
Sector: Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels
Country: UK

4.Company: AT&T Inc (T)
Current Dividend Yield: 4.90%
Sector: Telecom
Country: USA

5.Company: AstraZeneca PLC (AZN)
Current Dividend Yield: 4.71%
Sector: Pharmaceuticals
Country: UK

6.Company: Vodafone Group PLC (VOD)
Current Dividend Yield: 6.17%
Sector: Wireless Telecom
Country: UK

7.Company: Telstra Corp Ltd (TLSYY)
Current Dividend Yield: 5.50%
Country:  Australia

8.Company: Siemens AG (SIEGY)
Current Dividend Yield: 3.46%
Sector:Industrial Conglomerates
Country: Germany

9.Company: Bhp Billiton Limited (BHP)
Current Dividend Yield: 5.61%
Sector: Metals & Mining
Country: Australia

10.Company: Exxon Mobil Corp (XOM)
Current Dividend Yield: 3.39%
Sector: Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels
Country: USA

11.Company: Pfizer Inc (PFE)
Current Dividend Yield: 3.46%
Sector: Pharmaceuticals
Country: USA

12.Company: HSBC Holdings PLC  (HSBC)
Current Dividend Yield: 7.84%
Sector: Banking
Country: UK

13.Company: PepsiCo (PEP)
Current Dividend Yield: 2.94%
Sector: Beverages
Country: USA

14.Company: Banco Santander SA (SAN)
Current Dividend Yield: 4.81%
Sector: Banking
Country: Spain

15.Company: Chevron Corp (CVX)
Current Dividend Yield: 4.25%
Sector: Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels
Country: USA

16.Company: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)
Current Dividend Yield: 2.79%
Sector: Pharmaceuticals
Country: USA

17.Company: GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
Current Dividend Yield: 6.45%
Sector: Pharmaceuticals
Country: UK

18.Company:Procter & Gamble Co (PG)
Current Dividend Yield: 3.25%
Sector: Household Products
Country: USA

19.Company: Microsoft (MSFT)
Current Dividend Yield: 2.78%
Sector: Software
Country: USA

20.Company: Philip Morris International Inc (PM)
Current Dividend Yield: 4.03%
Sector: Tobacco
Country: USA

Note: Dividend yields noted above are as of June 3, 2016. Data is known to be accurate from sources used.Please use your own due diligence before making any investment decisions.

Disclosure: Long SAN

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