Top 20 FTSE 100 Dividend Paying Stocks

THE INCOME INVESTOR: The largest companies in the UK source their revenues internationally, meaning your dividend stream is boosted by global economic growth

Emma Wall 29 January, 2019 | 8:14AM
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Britain’s largest companies are international players. The 100 stocks in the FTSE 100 operate on a global basis, drawing 70% of their revenues from outside of the UK. For many investors too wary to invest directly in emerging markets, buying FTSE 100 listed stocks can offer access to the emerging markets growth story, but with the comfort of a level of corporate governance and transparent shareholder dealings that are upheld in developed markets.

Income continues to be the main concern for investors in the UK – both in the run up to retirement, where dividends reinvested can significantly boost total returns, and for those that have already started drawing on their pension dividends can help supplement their post-retirement income.

FTSE 100 stocks may not offer the same potential for growth as their smaller counterparts, but broadly speaking the dividends paid by these megacaps are more secure than those paid by small and medium sized companies.

Using Morningstar Direct we screened for the top 20 dividend-paying stocks in the FTSE 100. Please be aware this is a 12-month historic yield, and so is no indication of future pay-outs. New entries to the list are marked with an asterisk, there are four this update.

Persimmon (PSN)
Yield: 9.82%
Industry: Residential Construction

Vodafone Group (VOD)
Yield: 9.77%
Industry: Telecom Services

Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA)
Yield: 9.46%
Industry: Insurance – Life

Centrica (CNA)
Yield: 8.89%
Industry: Utilities

Yield: 8.46%
Industry: Utilities

British American Tobacco (BATS)*
Yield: 8.16%
Industry: Tobacco

Imperial Brands (IMB)
Yield: 7.51%
Industry: Tobacco

Aviva (AV.)
Yield: 6.9%
Industry: Insurance

Yield: 6.87%
Industry: Advertising Agencies

Marks & Spencer (MKS)
Yield: 6.45%
Industry: Department Store

BT Group (BT.A)
Yield: 6.42%
Industry: Telecom Services

Royal Dutch Shell (RDSB)
Yield: 6.28%
Industry: Oil & Gas Integrated

Direct Line Insurance (DLG)
Yield: 6.2%
Industry: Insurance – Diversified

Legal & General Group (LGEN)
Yield: 6.09%
Industry: Insurance – Life

BP (BP.)
Yield: 6.03%
Industry: Oil & Gas Integrated

Yield: 5.97%
Industry: Broadcasting – Television

National Grid (NG.)
Yield: 5.84%
Industry: Utilities

Rio Tinto (RIO)
Yield: 5.83%
Industry: Industrial Metals & Mining

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
Yield: 5.55%
Industry: Drug Manufacturer

Land Securities (LAND)*
Yield: 5.52%
Industry: REIT Retail


The original version of this article was published in September 2013. The data has changed significantly since then and has been updated accordingly, most recently on January 29, 2019.

Source: Morningstar Direct

The information contained within is for educational and informational purposes ONLY. It is not intended nor should it be considered an invitation or inducement to buy or sell a security or securities noted within nor should it be viewed as a communication intended to persuade or incite you to buy or sell security or securities noted within. Any commentary provided is the opinion of the author and should not be considered a personalised recommendation. The information contained within should not be a person's sole basis for making an investment decision. Please contact your financial professional before making an investment decision.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
abrdn PLC143.15 GBX-0.69
BP PLC460.00 GBX0.00Rating
British American Tobacco PLC2,392.00 GBX0.59Rating
BT Group PLC139.55 GBX3.37Rating
Centrica PLC132.00 GBX1.42Rating
Direct Line Insurance Group PLC192.80 GBX-0.31Rating
GSK PLC1,604.50 GBX-0.34Rating
Imperial Brands PLC1,999.50 GBX0.98Rating
ITV PLC75.70 GBX-0.39
Land Securities Group PLC622.00 GBX0.00
Legal & General Group PLC224.70 GBX0.45
Marks & Spencer Group PLC295.40 GBX-0.51Rating
Pearson PLC949.00 GBX-0.11
Rio Tinto PLC Registered Shares5,219.00 GBX-0.32Rating
SSE PLC1,767.00 GBX-0.67Rating
Vodafone Group PLC68.96 GBX0.38Rating
WPP PLC735.40 GBX-1.21Rating

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Emma Wall  is former Senior International Editor for Morningstar

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