The year 2019 has seen many companies listed on the London Stock Exchange paying high dividends. The year has been a record of sorts, in terms of high dividend yields, despite the economy of the United Kingdom performing poorly. Below is a list of ten stocks which during the past year have paid good dividends, listed in descending order from highest dividend yield to the lowest dividend yield.

  1. Evraz Plc – (LON: EVR) The last dividend paid by the company to its shareholders is the second interim dividend for 2019 of 35.00 ¢ per share paid on 05 September 2019. Prior to that, the company paid the company had paid a first interim dividend of 40.00 ¢ per share on 29 March 2019. For the year 2019, the company had a dividend yield of 19.1 per cent.

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  1. Imperial Brands Plc – (LON: IMB) The last dividend paid by the company to its shareholders was on 30 September 2019 amounting to 31.28 pence per share. Prior to that, the company paid the company also paid a dividend of 31.28 pence per share on 28 June 2019 and a dividend of 65.46 pence per share on 29 March 2019. For the year 2019, the company had a dividend yield of 11.1 per cent.

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  1. Micro Focus International Plc – (LON: MCRO) The last dividend paid by the company to its shareholders was on 5 September 2019 of 58.33 cents per share. Prior to this, the company had paid a dividend of 58.33 cents per share on 28 February 2019 as well. For the year 2019, the company had a dividend yield of 9.1 per cent.

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  1. Redrow plc – (LON: RDW) The Last dividend paid by the company to its shareholders was the final dividend for the year 2019 of 20.50 pence per share paid on 13 November 2019. Prior to that, the company paid the company had paid an interim dividend of 10.00 pence per share on 9 April 2019. For the year 2019, the company had a dividend yield of 4.1 per cent.

  1. Aviva Plc - (LON: AV.)The last dividend of the company is the first interim dividend for the year 2019 of 9.50 pence per share paid on 26 September 2019, and before to that, the company had paid a final dividend for 2018 of 20.75 pence per share paid on 30 May 2019. For the year 2019, the company had a dividend yield of 7.2 per cent.

  1. BP Plc – (LON: BP)The last dividend paid by the company to its shareholders was 8.3475 pence per share paid on 20 September 2019. Prior to that, the company paid a dividend on 21 June 2019 of 8.0655 pence per share and a dividend of 7.7382 pence per share on 29 March 2019. For the year 2019, the company had a dividend yield of 6.5 per cent.

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  1. HSBC Holdings Plc – (LON: HSBA) The last dividend of the company is the Q3 dividend for the year 2019 of 10.00 ¢ per share paid on 20 November 2019, and before to that, that company has paid Q2 dividend for the year 2019 of 10.00 ¢ per share paid on 26 September 2019. Prior to that, the company paid the Q 1 dividend for the year 2019 of 10.00 ¢ per share 5 July 2019. For the year 2019, the company had a dividend yield of 6.5 per cent.

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  1. Standard Life Aberdeen Plc – (LON: SLA) The last dividend paid by the company to its shareholders as of 7.30 pence per share paid on 24 September 2019, the interim dividend for the first six-month period of 2019. Prior to that, the final dividend for 2018 of 14.30 pence per share was paid on 21 May 2019. For the year 2019, the company had a dividend yield of 6.5 per cent.

  1. Royal Dutch Shell Plc Class A – (LON: RDSA) The last dividend of the company is the Q3 dividend for the year 2019 of 47.00 ¢ per share paid on 18 December 2019, and before to that, the company has paid Q2 dividend for the year 2019 of 47.00 ¢ per share paid on 23 September 2019. Prior to that, the company paid the Q1 dividend for the year 2019 of 47.00¢ per share 24 June 2019. For the year 2019, the company had a dividend yield of 6.4 per cent.

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  1. GlaxoSmithKline Plc – (LON: GSK) The last dividend of the company is the Q3 dividend for the year 2019 of 19.00 pence per share to be paid on 09 January 2020 and before to that company has paid Q2 dividend for the year 2019 of 19.00 pence per share on 10 October 2019. Prior to that, the company paid the Q1 dividend for the year 2019 of 19.00 pence per share paid on 11 July 2019. For the year 2019, the company had a dividend yield of 6.4 per cent.

The above ten are just indicative, and there are several smaller stocks not on the FTSE 100 or FTSE 250 list who have paid good dividends to their investors. We have included ten of the larger and more popular stocks which have paid good dividend yields in 2019, for the reason that they are covered widely by analysts and research houses.

While the year 2019 has been extraordinary in terms of dividend yields, many of the companies may not repeat the same performance in 2020. During the year 2019 many of the companies had withheld or postponed their capital expenditures scheduled for 2020, on account of the adverse economic headwinds. These companies had surplus cash with them with no immediate deployment opportunities and hence chose to disburse more cash among shareholders to keep their interests in the companies high while they waded through the difficult period ahead.

The year 2020, however, is turning out to be different after the passing of the Benn Act by the British Parliament and the thumping victory of Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the 12 December 2019 General elections. These two events have set the pace of business activities in high gear. The year 2020 thus could be a year when companies would look to expand their businesses after a four-year lull, which could very well be characterized by lower payouts in terms of dividends.

 

   
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