British Companies To Pay Higher Dividends This Year

UK-based Capita Asset Services publishes their Dividend Monitor report forecasting the dividend payments of British firms. According to this year’s report, British firms are projected to payout more than £100.0 billion in dividends over the nesxt 12 months.

The top dividend-paying British stocks are shown in the table below:

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UK Top Dividend Paying Stocks List

Source: Thanks for the dividends (& the stocks shelling out), CityWire UK

Some of the interesting points to note include:

  1. UK firms will pay out £30.0 billion more in dividends this year than 2013.
  2. More than half of the £30.0 billion will be paid out by Vodafone which is planning to pay £16.6 billion in special dividends to shareholders as a result of selling its stake in Verizon Wireless(U.S.).
  3. The FTSE 100 is estimated to have a dividend yield of 4.40% over the next 12 months. Over the past 10 years capital appreciation for the index amounted to 50.80%. But when reinvested dividends are included this figure more than doubles to a return of 116.60% according to research by Hargreaves Lansdown.
  4. The top dividend payers last year were: AstraZeneca(AZN), BP(BP), HSBC Holdings(HBC), GlaxoSmithKline(GSK) and  Royal Dutch Shell(RDS-A). All of them are also among the top 10 holdings in the FTSE 100.

Source: 2014 will be a bumper year for UK equity income investors, FE Trustnet

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