S&P 500 Firms Paid $375 Billion In Dividends In 2014: FactSet

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S&P 500 Firms Paid $375 Billion In Dividends In 2014: FactSet

According to the March 17th edition of the FactSet Dividend Quarterly, highly profitable S&P 500 firms continued to boost their dividend payouts in 2014. VP and Senior Earnings Analyst John Butters highlights that companies in the S&P 500 paid out just under $376 billion in dividends last year.

Key S&P 500 dividend statistics for 2014

Aggregate Dividends:

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Firms in the S&P 500 paid out $375.9 billion in dividends during the year ending in January (Q4 2014). This was the fourth quarter in a row that dividends paid on a trailing 12-month basis produced a new record high. The FactSet report notes that the Financials ($60.7 billion) and Information Technology ($57.0 billion) sectors gave shareholders the largest aggregate dividends in 2014. Exxon Mobil paid out $11.6 billion in dividends and Apple disbursed $11.2 billion for the year, the most of any among the 500 firms in the index..

DPS Growth (TTM):

Of note, dividends per share for the S&P 500 were up 11.9% to $38.77 for the year ending in January. Six of the ten sectors in the index saw double-digit increases in the size of the dividend, led by the Consumer Discretionary sector.

Dividend Payout Ratio:

The FactSet report also highlighted that the dividend payout ratio on a trailing 12-month basis was 32.2% at the end of the fourth quarter of