UK Dividends Bouncing Back

While Q1 dividends were still lower than this time last year, investors are looking ahead to this quarter and the resumption of bank dividends

James Gard 26 April, 2021 | 10:29AM
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2021 in numbers

The post-crisis recovery in UK dividends has continued into the first quarter of 2021, according to Link’s latest Dividend Monitor, with half of listed companies increasing, restarting or holding their payments steady in the last three months.

Excluding special dividends, payouts fell 26.7% to £12.7 billion, with around half of the cuts coming from the oil sector. But including special dividends, income paid out to shareholders was up nearly 8% on the first quarter of 2020, before the full impact of the dividend crisis hit home. Looking ahead to the second quarter, Link says the restarting of bank dividends will be a pivotal point in the year for UK income investors. 

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