Repsol, United Utilities, Enagas May Boost Dividends Next Week

Repsol YPF SA and United Utilities Group Plc are among 11 companies in the Stoxx Europe 600 Index that may raise their dividends next week, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Repsol, Spain’s largest oil company, may boost its interim payout to shareholders by 10 percent to 58 euro cents a share, according to Bloomberg Dividend Forecasts that factor in earnings and options prices. United Utilities, a U.K. water company, is estimated to increase its dividend by 4.2 percent to 10.42 pence, while rivals Pennon Group Plc and Severn Trent Plc may follow suit.

Companies in the Stoxx Europe 600 Index may boost shareholder payouts by 16 percent over the next 12 months, according to estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Earnings per share are forecast to grow 18 percent over the same period.

Enagas SA, the operator of Spain’s natural-gas grid, might increase its dividend by 15 percent to 36 euro cents, while , Bloomberg forecasts show. Homeserve Plc, a U.K. provider of emergency-repair services, might boost its interim payment to 3.5 pence from 3.3 pence.

Compass Group Plc, the world’s largest catering company, Johnson Matthey Plc, the maker of autocatalysts, and Zodiac Aerospace, the French maker of seats, galleys, toilets and baggage storage compartments for commercial aircraft, might also raise dividends next week. Daily Mail and General Trust Plc and Halma Plc are also forecast to have dividend gains, according to the data.

Stocks Decline

The Stoxx 600 has declined 3.8 percent this week as Italian and Spanish borrowing costs surged and Germany and France differed on the role of the European Central Bank in ending the crisis. The gauge dropped 0.9 percent to 231.93 at 3:01 p.m. in London.

Opap SA, Europe’s biggest publicly-traded gambling company, will probably decrease its dividend by 21 percent to 36 euro cents next week, while Banco Comercial Portugues SA, Portugal’s second-largest publicly traded bank by market value, might omit its interim payout, Bloomberg Dividend Forecasts show.

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