Walmart becomes dividend king

Det amerikanska detaljhandelsföretaget Walmart, som också driver flera andra kedjor som till exempel Sams Club, är det senaste företaget som blivit en så kallad utdelningskung. I samband med att Walmart släppte sitt senaste pressmeddelande meddelade ledningen att bolaget höjer sin kvartalsutdelning med 1,8 procent till 57 cent. Den tidigare utdelningen låg på 0,56 USD per aktie och kvartal. Den årliga utdelningen stiger därmed till totalt 2,28 dollar per aktie, motsvarande en direktavkastning på 1,6 procent.

US retailer Walmart, which also operates several other chains such as Sam’s Club, is the latest company to become a so-called dividend king. In conjunction with the release of its latest press release, Walmart management announced that the company is increasing its quarterly dividend by 1.8 percent to 57 cents. The previous dividend was USD 0.56 per share per quarter. The annual dividend thus rises to a total of $2.28 per share, corresponding to a yield of 1.6 percent.

This means that dividends have now risen for 50 consecutive years, making Walmart the dividend king, a title that only 48 US companies can boast.

Walmart was founded in 1945 and is headquartered in the city of Bentonville in the state of Arkansas. It is one of the world’s largest companies, with revenues of $611 billion in the last financial year and a workforce of 2.1 million. Walmart has 10,500 stores in 20 countries, visited by 240 million customers every week. The market capitalisation is $395 billion.

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