Global dividends hit a record $1 trillion

                  Global dividends hit a record $1 trillion

PR Newswire

LONDON, Feb. 24, 2014

LONDON, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Dividends paid by the world's listed
companies burst through the $1 trillion mark for the first time ever in 2013,
according to the Henderson Global Dividend Index, a new quarterly report
analyzing equity income from around the world.

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Key highlights:

  oGlobal dividends hit record $1.03 trillion in 2013, up $310 billion since
  oEmerging Markets doubled payouts between 2009 and 2011, but growth has
    since stalled
  oEmerging Markets now make up $1 in every $7 of global payouts
  oAsia Pacific rises 79% since 2009
  oEuro crisis weighs on Europe ex UK – dividends up 8% to $199.8bn since
    2009, but Europe is still second largest dividend payer after US
  oJapan is up 29%, though yen devaluation has pushed the 2013 total down in
    dollar terms
  oUS rises 49% in five years, and accounts for one third of the global total
  oTechnology and financials grow fastest since 2009
  oTop ten companies pay $1 in every $11 of global dividends
  oHeadline growth in 2013 slows as US special dividends are not repeated,
    and the US dollar rises, reducing the translated value of dividends in
    other currencies
  oOutlook for 2014 set for faster growth

Annual dividends (US$) | HGDI - by region | 2013 - regional dividend

Source: Henderson Global Investors, February 2014

Investors harvested $1.027 trillion of dividends during the year, an increase
of $310bn since 2009. In that year, which marked a post-financial crisis low
point for equity income, firms delivered $717bn to their shareholders. This
dramatic growth means the Henderson Global Dividend Index (HGDI) reached 143.2
by the end of 2013 (100 marks the beginning of the series at the end of 2009).

Andrew Formica, CEO of Henderson said: "We have undertaken this research
because we are getting increasing calls from our clients for our range of
global equity income products. The trillion dollar dividend is a huge
milestone for equity investors and illustrates that dividends are now a vital
component of investors' returns. The search for income is more than just a
response to rock bottom interest rates in recent years. It marks a
generational shift as aging populations must increasingly rely less on state
pensions and more on their own savings to provide for retirement. Not only
that, but they will need to stay invested in equities much longer than in the
past too. This demand for equity income is a trend we see continuing through
2014 and beyond."

Different parts of the world are producing very different results. By far the
fastest growth initially came from Emerging Markets. Collectively, dividends
from these countries have more than doubled since 2009 (+107%), up from
$60.9bn to $125.9bn, an average annual growth rate of almost 20%.

The BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries, which make up 55% of all
Emerging Markets dividends, have grown a third faster than their peers in the
last five years. However, after 2011, growth from Emerging Markets slowed to a
crawl as the commodity cycle ended and currencies fell. Asia-Pacific grew its
dividends 79% over the five-year period.

By contrast, dividends from Europe ex UK moved ahead 8% since 2009, reaching
$199.8bn in 2013. It is still comfortably the second most important region in
the world for income, after North America. Within Europe, Scandinavian
countries have seen a dividend boom, while those worst hit by the euro crisis
are returning far less to their shareholders than they did five years ago.

The US has increased its payouts 49% over five years, and is by far the
largest source of dividend income ($301.9bn), accounting for one third of the
global pie. The UK's share (at 11%) is disproportionately large compared to
the size of its economy. UK payouts have grown in line with the global
average (+39%) since 2009. Japan is up 29%, though the devaluation of the yen
has pushed the 2013 total ($46.4bn) below the 2012 level.

From an industry perspective, the fastest growth in payouts has come from the
technology sector, more than doubling since 2009 (+109%) thanks in particular
to Apple, which paid almost one sixth of global tech dividends last year from
a standing start in 2012. For dividends, technology is a relatively small
sector overall, however. Financials pay the most, $218bn in 2013, almost a
quarter of the global pie (24%) and have risen 76% since the post-crisis
nadir. The oil industry, which has grown steadily, if unspectacularly, is a
global dividend stalwart, providing $1 in every $7 of dividends in 2013. The
mining sector, whose dividends doubled during the commodity boom, has slipped
back over the last two years as that bubble deflated.

The top ten dividend payers, dominated by oil companies, banks and telcos,
accounted for $97.1bn in 2013, equivalent to $1 in every $11 (9.4%) of the
global total.

Despite the total payout reaching a new record, growth slowed to a crawl in
2013. Dividends inched ahead just 2.8%. In Q4, they actually fell year on
year, dragged down by Japan, but also a drop in the US, where big special
dividends paid in the last quarter of 2012 were not repeated. The strong US
dollar against many currencies also reduced the translated value of dividends
in 2013.

The Henderson Global Dividend Index peaked at 143.9 at the end of September
2013.For 2014, Henderson Global Investors expects dividend growth to
accelerate after the slower pace of 2013, with developed markets delivering
better income growth than developing markets.

Alex Crooke, head of global equity income at Henderson Global Investors said:
"Over the five-year period of our research, dividends provide a clear picture
of the major global economic events and trends. The rise of emerging markets,
and their cooling, the inflation of the commodity bubble and its subsequent
deflation, the Eurozone crisis, and the US resurgence from the recession are
all there to be seen. The research also highlights the vastly divergent
fortunes of different countries and industries. It also shows how areas that
rank low in free float terms, especially emerging markets, are actually
generating large amounts of income, often because governments with big stakes
mandate generous payouts. The reliance on a few big stocks, though
significant, is less at a global level than it can be in some countries,
especially the UK. This means that a global approach to income investing can
bring real diversification benefits. A disciplined, research-driven approach
to stock picking can maximize the income investors earn from their savings."

Table: Annual Dividends

Table: Annual Dividends

Source: Henderson Global Investors, February 2014

Each year analyzes dividends paid by the 1,200 largest firms by market
capitalization (as of 12/31 before the start of each year). Dividends are
included in the model on the date they are paid. Dividends are calculated
gross, using the share count prevailing on the ex-date, and converted to USD
using the prevailing exchange rate. Where a scrip dividend is offered,
investors are assumed to opt 100% for cash. This will slightly overstate the
cash paid out, but we believe this is the most proactive approach to treat
scrip dividends. In most markets it makes no material difference, though in
some, particularly European markets, the effect is greater. Spain is a
particular case in point. The model takes no account of free floats since it
is aiming to capture the dividend paying capacity of the world's largest
listed companies, without regard for their shareholder base.

We have estimated dividends for stocks outside the top 1,200 using the average
value of these payments compared to the large cap dividends over the five-year
period (sourced from quoted yield data). This means they are estimated at a
fixed proportion of 11.3% of total global dividends, and therefore in our
model grow at the same rate. This means we do not need to make unsubstantiated
assumptions about the rate of growth of these smaller company dividends. The
market capitalization of stocks outside the top 1,200 was 12.9% in 2013.

All raw data was provided by Exchange Data International with analysis
conducted by Henderson Global Investors.

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