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Dividends

We maintain a progressive dividend policy and have increased our pay-out to shareholders every year for more than half a century. We have also paid a number of special dividends over the years.

Annual dividend growth over 57 years
Annual dividend
RPI (rebased)

AIC Dividend Hero: The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) award for investment companies which have consecutively increased their dividends for 20 years or more.

Latest dividend information (Final 2024)

Dividend per share

51.47

Date announced

21 May 2024

Ex-dividend date

27 June 2024

Record date

28 June 2024

Payment date

1 August 2024

as at 31 March 2024
Dividend history (last 10 years)

Description

Dividend
(p per share)

Ex-dividend
date

Record
date

Payment
date

Interim 2024

18.93

30/11/2023

01/12/2023

04/01/2024

Final 2023

49.2

29/06/2023

30/06/2023

03/08/2023

Interim 2023

18.2

01/12/2022

02/12/2022

05/01/2023

Final 2022

47.3

30/06/2022

01/07/2022

04/08/2022

Interim 2022

17.5

02/12/2021

03/12/2021

06/01/2022

Final 2021

45.9

01/07/2021

02/07/2021

05/08/2021

Interim 2021

17.0

03/12/2020

04/12/2020

07/01/2021

Final 2020

44.5

25/06/2020

26/06/2020

06/08/2020

Interim 2020

16.6

05/12/2019

06/12/2019

09/01/2020

Final 2019

43.2

27/06/2019

28/06/2019

08/08/2019

Interim 2019

16.1

29/11/2018

30/11/2018

10/01/2019

Final 2018

41.5

28/06/2018

29/06/2018

09/08/2018

Interim 2018

15.5

30/11/2017

01/12/2017

11/01/2018

Final 2017

39.9

06/07/2017

07/07/2017

03/08/2017

Interim 2017

14.9

01/12/2016

02/12/2016

05/01/2017**

2nd Interim 2016

38.3

03/03/2016

04/03/2016

01/04/2016*

Interim 2016

14.3

03/12/2015

04/12/2015

07/01/2016*

Final 2015

36.8

09/07/2015

10/07/2015

06/08/2015*

Interim 2015

13.8

11/12/2014

12/12/2014

08/01/2015

Final 2014

35.7

09/07/2014

11/07/2014

07/08/2014

Interim 2014

13.4

11/12/2013

13/12/2013

09/01/2014

as at 31 March 2024
Special dividend history

Description

Dividend
(p per share)

Ex-dividend
date

Record
date

Payment
date

Special 2022

175.0

30/06/2022

01/07/2022

04/08/2022

Special 2017

100.0

06/07/2017

07/07/2017

03/08/2017

Special 2000

70.0

26/06/2000

30/06/2000

02/08/2000

Special 1997

30.0

04/04/1997

04/04/1997

01/05/1997

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