Dividend report: Over $36 billion to be paid – Daily News

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  • Since late January, listed companies have been paying out dividends to shareholders. In fact around $4.3 billion has been paid out so far. But the distributions ramp up in the coming week, reaching a peak in the week beginning March 28.
  • CommSec estimates that over $36 billion in dividends have been paid, or will be paid in coming weeks. That is down from the last reporting season in August 2021, when over $41 billion was paid out. But payouts in this interim reporting season are higher than equivalent reporting season in February 2021 ($25.8 billion) and higher than the $27.5 billion paid out in the interim reporting season in February 2020. 

 Earnings Season: February 2022 

  • CommSec released its final assessment of the Company Reporting Season on February 28.
  • Overall we concluded that the reporting season was encouraging. While expenses or costs were up as expected, so were revenues. As a result, aggregate profits and cash levels continued to rise. And encouragingly, almost 88 per cent of the 138 S&P/ASX200 half-year reporting companies reported a statutory profit – the most in two years and in line with the long-term average. Further, around 67 per cent of companies lifted profits. And similarly, cash levels lifted to record highs, giving companies plenty of options.