Dividends sharply up since GFC

Janus Henderson has identified a strong trend in dividends paid out by international companies since the peak of the global financial crisis a decade ago.

Since 2009, the data suggests dividends paid by companies in North America have increased by 148%, in Japan by 144%, and the rest of Asia by 162%. Emerging markets dividends increased by 90.7%, while from Continental Europe they were up 47%. In the UK, they grew by 74.5%, with total payouts to shareholders of UK listed companies of some £94bn in 2017.

The Janus Henderson Global Dividend index analyses dividends from the 1,200 biggest companies globally. Last year these companies paid some £860bn (€973bn) collectively in dividends.

The top 10 dividend paying companies globally alone paid out over $120bn (€102bn) in dividends in 2017, the data suggests.

Delving into the dividend trends further, it suggests that holders of UK shares receive almost a third of income from oil and mining companies, twice the average across all markets. UK shares provide little income from industrial sector and technology companies.

Source: Link Asset Services UK Dividend Monitor 2018; HINT, Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index 2018


Top 15 International Dividend payers: 2017

Source: Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index

Source: Link Asset services Dividend Monitor

Source: Janus Henderson Investors Edition February 2018

Jonathan Boyd
Editorial Director of Open Door Media Publishing Ltd, and Editor of InvestmentEurope. Jonathan has over two decades of media experience in Japan, Australia, Canada and the UK. Over the past 17 years he has been based in London writing about funds and investments. From editing the newsletter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1990s he now focuses on Nordic markets for InvestmentEurope. Jonathan was awarded Editor of the Year at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards 2017. Shortlisted for the same in 2016, he was also shortlisted in 2017 and 2015 for the broader PPA Awards category Editor of the Year (Business Media).

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