Published Fri, 05 Oct 2012 08:17:59 EDT on The Motley Fool
September was a good month for dividends from FTSE 100 (INDEX: ^FTSE) companies.
Data from S&P Capital IQ indicates no less than 23 members of the blue-chip index went ex-dividend last month to provide nearly a 2.8 billion pound cumulative payout to ordinary investors.
Here are the 23 names and the estimated payments based on each company's "free float" share count:
Share Dividend per Share (pence) Payment (millions of pounds)
Admiral 21.3/23.8 special 87
Aggreko 8.3 21
Antofagasta 5.3* 19
ARM 1.7 23
Aviva 10 291
BHP Billiton 35.4* 748
Centrica 4.6 237
Capita 7.9 51
Diageo 26.9 678
Evraz 6.8* 23
G4S 3.4 48
Hargreaves Lansdown 10.7/6.8 special 38
IMI 11.8 38
Kazakhmys 1.9* 4
Land Securities 7.4 58
Melrose 2.6 33
Wm Morrison 3.5 79
Petrofac 13 34
RSA Insurance 3.4 120
Resolution 7.1 95
Shire Pharmaceuticals 1.7 10
Serco 2.7 13
Tullow Oil 4 36
*Converted from U.S. dollars.
The stats support some optimism for dividend seekers, as well as investors backing the wider FTSE 100 through a tracker.
You see, out of all the names in the table, just Kazahkmys cut its dividend, while only Aviva, G4S, Melrose, and Tullow Oil held their payments. And with market newcomer Evraz introducing a maiden dividend, we're left with a superb 17 of the 23 having lifted their payouts.
Particular highlights from the list include Petrofac, which lifted its payment by 21%, ARM, which raised its dividend by 20%, and Aggreko, which hoisted its handout by 15%. Special dividends also came from Admiral and Hargreaves Lansdown.
Trading at around 5,826, the FTSE 100 currently offers a dividend yield of 3.77%. That income does not look too bad, especially in light of the broader payout performance of the 23 names in the table above.... Read more
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