Unprecedented times: UK dividends fall 42% in 12 months to end-March 2021

Payouts not expected to return to 2019 levels until 2025

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Ian Stokes of Link Group
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Ian Stokes of Link Group

Shortly after the UK’s first national lockdown began, an initial trickle of dividend reductions quickly became an unprecedented flood of cuts and cancellations. The final tally shows that dividends fell 41.6% on an underlying basis in the 12 months to the end of March 2021.

The biggest impact was felt immediately in Q2 2020, as companies scrambled to preserve cash to see them through the economic stoppages sweeping the world. In each successive quarter, however, the reductions...

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