Many companies in the coming months will be reporting their full year or interim dividends. If the companies meet the market’s expectations, the respective stocks can jump higher and eventually the investors can expect a higher dividend. Here are few of the companies covered under dividend stock ideas that income investors generally look for.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX: CBA)
As per recent updates, as funding pressures continue to force smaller competitors to raise rates, the nation’s largest mortgage lender Commonwealth Bank is cutting down the lending rates on popular fixed interest products for home buyers and investors by 10 basis points. Two and three-year fixed rate has seen decreased interest rates, owned and occupied, principal and interest to 3.79 percent and 3.89 percent, respectively. The stock was trading at a market price of $74.950 (as at mid-day trading on July 31, 2018) and the annual dividend yield for the group is 5.74% which is fully franked. In the battle of mobile apps, the company seems to be beating its big four rivals and is emerging better post the Royal Commission. On digitizing various export documents for automated processes, CBA said it hopes to engage with export authorities and regulators in a seamless manner.
Telstra Corporation Limited (ASX: TLS)
Under Telstra 2022 (T22) strategy, a new topline and leadership team and organizational structure has been announced by the group. Andrew Penn, CEO announced that the changes will be effective from 1 October 2018. The telecom player has been facing challenges relating to lower margins on fixed line internet services, and thus the latest changes under Telstra 2022 strategy are expected to address the headwinds. The group also lately confirmed that there is no change to its capital management framework and expects its Capex to sales ratio in the range of 16-18% in FY19. The stock was trading at a market price of $2.850 and has annual dividend yield of 8.19% which is fully franked (as at mid-day trading on July 31, 2018) while the market is eyeing the upcoming financial result.
Macquarie Group Limited (ASX: MQG)
In place of CEO Mr. Nicholas Moore’s, the board has unanimously decided to appoint Shemara Karunanayake, currently Head of MAM and expressed confidence that Ms. Wikramanayake has the track record and understanding of Macquarie’s businesses and culture to successfully take Macquarie forward. Shemara has lived and worked all around the world with Macquarie, founding some of their key businesses and offices. Like Nicholas, Shemara has been with the company for more than 30 years, most recently as head of largest business, Macquarie Asset Management. The Macquarie stock was trading at a market price of $122.72 (as at mid-day trading on July 31, 2018), and the stock has seen a performance change of 43.29% over the past 12 months. The stock has an annual dividend yield of 4.27%, which is 45% franked.
Coca-Cola Amatil Limited (ASX: CCL)
Coca-Cola Amatil Limited’s stock was trading at a market price of $9.545 with a daily price change of -$0.055 and percentage change of -0.573% (as at mid-day trading on July 31, 2018). The stock is trading near its 52-week high and the annual dividend yield for the stock is 4.9% which is 70% franked. Coca-Cola has been facing some headwinds recently while it has seen a performance change of 16.5% over the past 12 months. The impact on company’s earnings in the short term comes from the ongoing weakness in the Indonesian and Papua New Guinea Markets which represent about 14 percent of the group’s market share at a global level. Stability and dividend yields are still key to the stock to some extent.
National Storage REIT (ASX: NSR)
National Storage REIT has successfully negotiated terms for the refinancing of its debt facilities. With average weighted tenor increasing from 3.6 years to 4.7 years, the overall facility has been increased from AU$617 million to AU$715 million. All club Banks have committed additional funding and tenor to NSR, and the existing club banking arrangement continues with all existing financiers. The company traded at a market price of $1.722 (as at mid-day trading on July 31, 2018). The company has an annual dividend yield of 5.57% and is not franked. It has a 4.9 cents dividend amount to be released for which the ex-dividend date was June 28, 2018 and the record date was June 29, 2018. The dividend is however, not franked and the payable date for this dividend is August 29, 2018. The company has recently acquired Abacus property group for a transaction value of $24.85 million as at May 04, 2018.
DPS for CBA, TLS, MQG, CCL and NSR (Source: Thomson Reuters)
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