Press Release

Global dividends break third-quarter record, buoyed by rising corporate profits

Company Release - 11/19/2018 6:00 AM ET

DENVER and LONDON, Nov. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Q3 delivered another excellent quarter for global dividends as the continuing strength of the world economy boosted corporate profitability around the world, according to the latest Global Dividend Index from Janus Henderson. Payouts rose 5.1% to a comfortable third-quarter record of $354.2 billion. The United States, Canada, Taiwan, and India all saw all-time record quarterly payouts, while Chinese dividends returned to growth, after three years of contraction.

Key highlights

  • Global dividends rose 5.1% in Q3 to a third-quarter record of $354.2bn
  • Underlying growth was 9.2%, continuing the strong growth reported in Q2                      
  • All-time record payouts in Canada, Taiwan, India, and the United States, but Australia lagged well behind
  • Chinese dividends grew for the first time in four years
  • Dividends forecast to be $1.359 trillion in 2018 with underlying growth upgraded to 8.1%

 

From left to right: Global dividends (US$), JHGDI by region and Total dividends, annual growth per quarter.

A stronger US dollar and lower special dividends suppressed headline growth year-on-year. On an underlying basis, Janus Henderson's chosen measure of core dividend growth, payouts were 9.2% higher, continuing the strong growth witnessed in Q2. Every region reported strong underlying increases. The Janus Henderson Global Dividend Index ended the quarter at a new record 184.4, indicating expansion of more than four-fifths in global dividends since its launch in 2009.

US payouts jumped 9.1% in headline terms to an all-time record $120.0bn. Almost half of the increase was down to a $5.3bn special dividend paid by Dr Pepper Snapple when it was acquired by Keurig. Underlying growth in the US was 7.3%, in line with the rapid pace of the first and second quarters, with only one company in seventy cutting its dividend. 

Hong Kong and Taiwan delivered 5.9% and 6.2% underlying growth, respectively, but their Chinese neighbour performed even more strongly. In China's most important dividend season, payouts surged 14.6% on an underlying basis, marking a welcome turnaround after three years of declines. A rebound in payouts from the banks delivered half the increase in the Chinese total. Insurers accounted for over a third of the increase, despite being a small sector, and there was also solid growth from energy companies too.

Australian dividends were the weakest in the developed world. They inched ahead just 1.3% on an underlying basis. The dominant banks, which pay almost half the country's dividends each year, saw no growth. Their profits are under pressure and they already pay out a large share of profits, so there is little room for higher dividends.

Very few European companies pay dividends in the third quarter, but those that did grew strongly, in line with the encouraging performance of the seasonally important second quarter. In the UK, payouts rose an impressive 11.1% once lower special dividends, a weaker pound, and calendar effects were taken into account.

Janus Henderson's forecast for headline growth remains unchanged at 8.5%, taking the total dividends for 2018 to $1.359 trillion. On an underlying basis, however, this means growth in 2018 will be 8.1%, up from 7.4% in forecast at the time of the last edition of the JHGDI.

Annual dividends by region in USD billions


Region 

2014

%
change 

2015

%
change 

2016

%
change 

2017

%
change 

Q3 2017 

%
change 

Q3 2018 

%
change 

Emerging Markets 

126.6

-9%

112.2

-11%

87.9

-22%

103.4

18%

50.1

9.0%

58.3

16.4%

Europe ex UK 

237.5

14%

213.4

-10%

223.2

5%

225.1

1%

17.3

-0.8%

19.0

10.4%

Japan 

50.0

6%

52.6

5%

64.7

23%

70.0

8%

4.8

-2.0%

5.2

8.0%

North America 

392.9

15%

441.2

12%

445.0

1%

475.7

7%

119.7

10.2%

130.2

8.8%

Asia Pacific 

120.9

4%

113.8

-6%

117.8

3%

141.6

20%

74.8

36.2%

68.2

-8.8%

UK 

123.3

32%

96.2

-22%

93.0

-3%

95.7

3%

32.3

14.4%

33.3

3.0%

Total 

1051.2

11%

1,029.3

-2%

1,031.6

0%

1111.5

8%

299.0

15.0%

314.4

5.1%

Divs outside top 1,200 

130.4

9%

130.6

0%

130.9

0%

141.0

8%

37.9

15.0%

39.9

5.1%

Grand Total 

1181.6

11%

1,159.9

-2%

1,162.5

0%

1252.5

8%

337.0

15.0%

354.2

5.1%

Ben Lofthouse, head of global equity income at Janus Henderson said: "The third quarter exceeded our expectations, but more importantly, the quality of growth was better than we expected. It came despite a negative impact from exchange rate moves and a lower level of special dividends. Importantly, our core underlying measure of growth was strong."

"2018 may be a volatile and more challenging year for stock markets, but steady profit growth means dividends should continue to make steady progress."

"Expectations for corporate earnings growth in 2019 are starting to come under some pressure, given the late stage of the economic cycle. That is not to say that profits themselves are set to fall, however, rather that the pace of expansion may now be slower than previously thought. Growing profits and strong cash flow mean that dividends should continue to be well supported and so investors seeking an income from their shares should feel confident about the year ahead."

Notes to the editors:

Methodology

Each year Janus Henderson analyses dividends paid by the 1,200 largest firms by market capitalisation (as at 31/12 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 pay-date (this is an approximation because companies in practice fix the exchange rate a little before the pay 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 in 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 12.7% of total global dividends from the top 1,200, 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. All raw data was provided by Exchange Data International with analysis conducted by Janus Henderson Investors.

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