Earnings season: ASX stocks paying over $1 dividend 

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  • Dividend-paying stocks are a reliable source of income for many investors. Over the last one year, the income-savvy investor has suffered losses as the pandemic forced companies to halt dividend. However, the dividend recovery appears underway. 

Australian companies have finished reporting earnings in February. Over 170 companies in the ASX 200 disclosed interim or full-year results. Corporations with shrinking revenues initially as a result of the pandemic embarked on cost control, which delivered bottom-line benefits. 

Besides, the Job Keeper payments have floated many businesses across the other side of the pandemic. It has lowered the wage bills of employers, therefore boosting profits. Meanwhile, some Australian companies have also returned Job Keeper payments. 

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Companies with effective management have managed to deliver earnings growth, stemming from lower costs. Also, there are many firms whose revenues soared drastically over the last year, along with the share price. 

A solid recovery is evident in the dividends. Companies rushed to cancel dividends after declaring them in February, and the recovery in dividends is evident across the scale of business from small caps to large caps. 

We attempt to underline some of the highest dividends declared last month. 

Rio Tinto Ltd (ASX:RIO) - $5.1711 per share

Rio Tinto will pay $5.1711 per share total dividend on 15 April 2021 to the shareholders on records on 5 March 2021. In US cents, the dividend represents 309 cents per share final dividend and 93 cents per share special dividends. 

JB Hi-Fi Limited (ASX:JBH) - $1.80 per share 

JBH will pay 180 cents per share on 12 March 2021 to the shareholders on records on 26 February 2021. The retailer has delivered strong earnings and dividend growth over the year, driven by accelerated household spending on electronics and homewares. 

Commonwealth Bank of Australia (ASX:CBA) - $1.50 per share

Commonwealth Bank is paying a lower dividend compared to the same period last year, but the dividend pay-out has improved sequentially. It will pay a $1.50 per share dividend on 30 March to the shareholders of records on 17 February 2021. 

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Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX:FMG) - $1.47 per share 

Investors were expecting a bumper dividend from Fortescue Metals, primarily due to stronger iron ore prices. The company has not disappointed its shareholders as it will pay a $1.47 per share dividend on 24 March to the shareholders on records on 2 March 2021.  

Cochlear Limited (ASX:COH) - $1.15 per share

The $1.15 per share dividend is due on 20 April 2021 to the Cochlear shareholders on the books on 26 March 2021. The pandemic impacted the business conditions, and its half-year revenue was slightly lower. 

ASX Limited (ASX:ASX) - $1.124 per share

ASX Limited is set to pay a $1.124 per share dividend payment on 24 March 2021 to the shareholders on the books on 5 March 2021. The exchange delivered over a 3% increase in the revenue, but the net profit after fell 3.4%. 

CSL Limited (ASX:CSL) - US$1.04 per share

CSL’s US$1.04 per share dividend payment falls on 1 April 2021, and the record date for the dividend is 5 March 2021. Besides, the AUD equivalent amount will be notified by the firm. The company has delivered strong revenue and earnings growth in the first half. 

BHP Group Limited (ASX:BHP) - US$1.01 per share

BHP Group shareholders will receive payment of $1.01 per share on 23 March 2021 to the shareholders in records on 5 March 2021. The company is a major mining company and has been benefited from higher iron ore prices. 


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