- Investment in regular dividend-paying stocks is a widely used strategy by investors.
- Investors need to purchase the shares before the ex-dividend date to be eligible for payout.
Investment in regular dividend-paying stocks is a widely used strategy by investors. Many companies that operate in the mature stage of the industry cycle and have regular cash flow from business operations pay out regular dividends to their shareholders.
The company’s board declares the dividend amount and ex-dividend date on the announcement day. Investors need to purchase the shares before the ex-dividend date to be eligible for payout.
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Let us look at 6 FTSE100 listed stocks that are going ex-dividend today:
Diageo Plc (LON: DGE)
FTSE100 listed company is engaged in the production, marketing, and sales of alcoholic beverages across the globe.
The company reported a solid business performance for the six months ended 31 December 2021. It reported a 20% growth in organic sales, resulting in total net sales of £7,957 million.
The company declared an interim dividend of 29.36p per share which will be paid on 7 April 2022.
The current dividend yield of the stock stands at 2.1% as of 23 February 2022.
GlaxoSmithKline Plc (LON: GSK)
The company, along with its subsidiary, is engaged in the research and development (R&D) of pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare products.
GSK Plc has a diversified business operating in several countries. It reported a total turnover of £34,114 million for the year ended 31 December 2021.
The company has a quarterly dividend payout policy, and it declared a dividend of 23p per share for the fourth quarter, which will be paid on 7 April 2022.
The stock’s current dividend yield stands at 3.1% as of 23 February 2022.
Unilever Plc (LON: ULVR)
Unilever is a consumer goods company and is one of the leading suppliers in the beauty and personal care segments. The company has operations in over 190 countries.
The company reported underlying sales growth of 4.5% and a turnover of €52.4 billion for the 12 months to 31 December 2021.
The company has raised its dividend per share by 3% in 2021. Its latest quarterly dividend payout is 36.02p per share, which will be paid on 22 March 2022.
The current dividend yield of the stock stands at 3.8% as of 23 February 2022.
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Standard Chartered Plc (LON: STAN)
The company offers various banking and financial services to retail and institutional clients across several countries.
For the financial year ended 31 December 2021, the company reported an underlying operating income of USD 14,713 million and proposed a final dividend of 6.64p per share.
The company’s full-year dividend payout rose by 33% compared to 2020. The latest announced dividends will be paid on 12 May 2022 to eligible shareholders.
The stock’s current dividend yield stands at 2.1% as of 23 February 2022.
AstraZeneca Plc (LON: AZN)
The UK-based biopharmaceutical firm is engaged in the development of prescription medicines to treat various diseases.
AstraZeneca’s has a regular dividend payout policy, and it paid a total dividend of 210.1p per share in 2021. Its total revenue rose by 41% to USD37,417 million in 2021.
The company’s board declared a second interim dividend of 145.3p per share which will be paid on 28 March 2022.
The current dividend yield of the stock stands at 2.4% as of 23 February 2022.
Avast Plc (LON: AVST)
The antivirus product maker offers various products to secure its customers’ online transactions and digital privacy.
The company is currently undergoing a proposed merger of its business operation with the US-based NortonLifeLock Inc., which was first announced in July 2021.
The company’s board declared an interim dividend of 8.271p per share. It will be paid to the eligible shareholders on 3 March 2022.