The World’s Top 20 Dividend Payers in Q1, 2017

The World’s Biggest 20 Dividend Payers in the first quarter of this year was published in the recently released Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index – June 2017 report by  Janus Henderson Investors, These giants alone paid out $57.81 billion in dividends.

RankCompanyTicker on the US market (if available)
1Novartis AGNVS
2Roche HoldingsRHHBY
3Royal Dutch Shell PLCRDS-A
4SiemensSIEGY
5Exxon MobilXOM
6MicrosoftMSFT
7AT&TT
8AppleAAPL
9Nordea BankNRBAY
10AstrazenecaAZN
11Verizon CommunicationsVZ
12Johnson & JohnsonJNJ
13PepsicoPEP
14General Electric Co.GE
15Chevron GroupCVX
16BPBP
17PfizerPFE
18Wells FargoWFC
19Coal IndiaN/A
20BHP BillitonBHP
Total Dividends Paid in$57.81 billion

Sources: 

Global growth boosts dividends in first quarter, CityWire UK

Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index – June 2017,  Janus Henderson Investors

A few observations:

  • Of the total $218 paid out in dividends globally, US firms accounted for nearly half the amount (or about $107 billion).
  • While the oil sector retained its top position as the dividend payer in the US market, the banking sector is catching up well with Bank of America(BAC) and Citigroup(C) boosting dividends.
  • Among the European firms listed above, the usual suspects are notably missing. The presence of Nordea Bank(NRBAY) of Sweden shows its strength and resilience in the banking sector.

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