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.... Despite the 80% decline in its pre-tax profits to £5. 2m, Wilko’s board still paid the company’s multimillionaire family owners a £3m dividend. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....6% used by Ofsted to arrive at its conclusions is not sufficient to judge the quality of Learndirect’s training,” it said. A Learndirect spokesman defended its financial position and deflected criticism about millions paid in shareholder dividends. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....Yet times can’t be too hard at Wilko, despite the expansion of rival discount chain B&M in the homewares market. The Wilkinson family still managed to pay themselves a £3m dividend for the year. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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....What should we do about it? For many, the answer is simple: renationalisation. The arguments in support of this are appealing to those of us fed up and appalled by the high level of shareholder dividends and bloated executive pay often seen in train companies. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Trains are too expensive. But transport’s real problem is subsidies for London | Wanda Wyporska image
....What should we do about it? For many, the answer is simple: renationalisation. The arguments in support of this are appealing to those of us fed up and appalled by the high level of shareholder dividends and bloated executive pay often seen in train companies. ...
Department for Education pulls all Learndirect contracts and funding image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of August 2017 07:03:32 PM
....6% used by Ofsted to arrive at its conclusions is not sufficient to judge the quality of Learndirect’s training,” it said. A Learndirect spokesman defended its financial position and deflected criticism about millions paid in shareholder dividends. ...
Intercontinental Hotel Group flying despite lack of capital - SHARE HUNTER image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 14th of August 2017 08:35:00 AM
....In both cases, IHG collects revenues without actually owning the properties. That model helped the group turn a 2 per cent uptick in revenue in the last half into an 8 per cent increase in operating profits and 10 per cent dividend growth, with additional revenue dropping straight through to profit. ...
Aw, Snapchat! Its shares stood little chance in the face of Facebook image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 13th of August 2017 06:00:06 AM
....Yet times can’t be too hard at Wilko, despite the expansion of rival discount chain B&M in the homewares market. The Wilkinson family still managed to pay themselves a £3m dividend for the year. ...
North Korea’s warmongering with Donald Trump hits global stock market raising pension fear image
.... Selling investments to fund withdrawals could damage income prospects later down the line. When values are falling it's better to simply take income produced by bonds or dividends. ...
L&G profits rise as UK population dies earlier than expected image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of August 2017 02:09:08 PM
....2bn in the first half of 2017, beating City forecasts. The insurer will pay a half-year dividend of 4. ...
Trailfinders blames Brexit vote for wiping out £12m profit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 6th of August 2017 12:39:34 PM
....Trailfinders, Britain’s largest independent travel agent, has blamed Brexit for wiping £12m off its annual profit. Figures filed at Companies House show that the company’s founder, Mike Gooley, nevertheless paid himself a £3m dividend, up from £2m the previous year. ...
Next shares climb 10% on news of online sales surge during heatwave image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of August 2017 05:49:40 PM
.... Like other clothing chains it is battling the market-wide slowdown in spending on fashion and footwear that is also hurting rivals such as Marks & Spencer. But the pick-up in sales, accompanied by a promise to distribute £50m of surplus cash to shareholders – on top of the four special dividends already planned – pushed Next shares up 388p to £43. ...
Executive wages may have fallen, but the case for pay ratios is even stronger image
.... It is now concentrated in the UK, Scandinavia and Canada – mature but healthy markets – and costs are still being removed as better technology arrives. The half-year dividend was boosted by a third. ...
William Hill sees online sports betting increase by 13% in a year image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of August 2017 10:46:50 PM
....Average revenue per customer was up 9% and there were also gains from gamblers new to William Hill. The boost to online revenues and a 4% increase in the dividend helped push the shares up 6%, to 281p, making them the biggest riser in the FTSE 350, even though profit for the six months was down 11% to £109m as the bookmaker had to pay out on a string of wins for well-backed football teams. ...
Asda posts worst annual figures since Walmart takeover image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 2nd of August 2017 01:21:34 PM
....Asda also reported an operating cashflow of £1. 41bn, an increase of 8%, and said a dividend of £450m was paid to Walmart. ...
Angry at British Gas price hike? Save your fury for the government image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of August 2017 07:12:54 PM
.... It is also easily on course to meet the original 2011 goal of paying £1. 7bn in dividends to shareholders over the course of a decade. ...
HSBC shows what happens when a bank stops shooting itself in the foot | Nils Pratley image
....The back-slapping in HSBC’s boardroom is understandable. Only 18 months ago investors were wondering if the dividend was in peril in a world where regulators insist on fatter capital buffers. ...
HSBC chief sounds alarm over financial regulation and Brexit image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 31st of July 2017 07:02:10 AM
....Stuart Gulliver, the bank’s chief executive, focused on the amount paid out to shareholders in the last year. “In the past 12 months we have paid more in dividends than any other European or American bank and returned $3. ...
Lloyds takes fresh £1bn hit from PPI compensation claims image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of July 2017 08:29:53 AM
....5bn half-year profits were the largest in eight years – since taxpayers pumped £20bn into the bank as it took over HBOS at the height of the crisis – but its shares slipped to 68p as they were lower than analysts’ expectations. The bank is paying a dividend of 1p a share. ...
'Disgusting and astonishing': how do the UK's top 1% view tax avoidance? image
....This respondent’s most recent full-time job was working for a hedge fund, making £450,000-£600,000 per year:. Whilst working for an investment bank that was part of a major UK bank, I was offered the choice to get paid via dividends from a Jersey-registered company but turned it down – which annoyed them, since they would have saved on employer’s national insurance. ...
AstraZeneca shares dive after failure in key lung cancer drug trial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 27th of July 2017 07:36:16 AM
....Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford said: “Mystic has been a key component of AstraZeneca’s long-term growth. With the failure of Mystic, at least on the progression-free survival endpoints, now likely to be fully factored into expectations, the dividend may now look less safe and we expect some investors will start to question its long-term sustainability, despite prior reassurances from management. ...
Love Island is awful – but ITV's prospects are better | Nils Pratley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 26th of July 2017 06:54:35 PM
.... Some of those fears will be realised – and next year’s ad market is still anybody’s guess. But ITV is generating cash and was paying special dividends as recently as last year. ...
SSE loses 230,000 customers in 'highly competitive' UK market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of July 2017 05:28:01 PM
....”. The group said it was maintaining its target of increasing the year’s dividend by at least RPI inflation, which was welcomed by analysts. ...
Culture secretary keeps Rupert Murdoch waiting over Sky deal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 20th of July 2017 11:26:27 AM
....”. Sky shareholders can look forward to a £172m special dividend, which the satellite company said it would pay out if the deal did not complete this year. ...
Investors received record-breaking dividends in 2017, research shows image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 17th of July 2017 06:01:43 AM
. Investors are enjoying a stellar 2017, with rising share prices being supplemented by record-breaking dividend payments, new research shows. ...
Trump's tax proposal would push US below Greece on inequality index image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of July 2017 11:01:34 PM
....The index also emphasizes that the top performing countries, including Sweden, Belgium and Denmark, have room for improvement and that the success they have had could be reversed through legislative attempts to weaken laws that protect the poorest members of society. “For most rich countries,” the report says, “the main body of policies measured by the index was introduced in a different period of history, when significant action in these areas was broadly accepted as the right thing to do and paid dividends in terms of social and economic progress. ...
The Guardian view on the 1%: all gain, no pain | Editorial image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 16th of July 2017 06:59:34 PM
.... For the very wealthy, rules are bent to suit their needs. When a dividend tax was readied for 2016-17, the very wealthy took their payments early and avoided £800m, money that could have been used for schools and hospitals. ...
Governments have to invest in the fourth industrial revolution | Larry Elliott image
....But the most obvious explanation of all is that the people running companies are dominated by short-term performance targets and the need to keep shareholders sweet. Up until the 1980s, investment by the US corporate sector averaged 4% of GDP while dividends averaged 2% of GDP. ...
Rupert Murdoch will not offer new Sky deal to culture secretary image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 13th of July 2017 03:18:55 PM
....And the Murdochs have come under pressure as allegations of sexual harassment have blown up at Fox News in the US – which have so far claimed the jobs of the late chief executive Roger Ailes, co-president Bill Shine and top presenter Bill O’Reilly. If Fox fails to get the Sky deal done this year, which seems increasingly likely, the company has agreed to pay investors a special dividend equating to about £172m. ...
The rehabilitation of RBS is painful, costly – and nowhere near over | Nils Pratley image
.... So, yes, if one takes the cheerful view, another “legacy issue” – as the bank’s chief executive, Ross McEwan, calls them – is being resolved. Bring on the dividends for us shareholders, then? Unfortunately not – or not yet. ...
RBS to pay $5.5bn penalty over US loan misselling scandal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 12th of July 2017 12:55:36 PM
.... “As the year progresses it gets increasingly challenging [to solve this by the end of the year],” Ewen Stevenson, finance director of RBS, told analysts. McEwan said the settlement with the FHFA was a “good step forward” but did not solve all the barriers facing the bank’s ability to start paying dividends for the first time in a decade. ...
Pearson picks up $1bn from Penguin – but no treat for investors | Nils Pratley image
....Pearson is still going to own a quarter of Penguin Random House, so it’s not too late to hope that it can learn to tell a story like it is. Please, drop this bland corporate talk about “rebasing” the dividend. ...
Pearson sells slice of Penguin for $1bn image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of July 2017 08:07:44 AM
....1bn it would have got in an outright sale of the business back in 2012. However, he added that the joint venture with Bertelsmann and staged exit has proved to be more beneficial as it has been more tax efficient and over the last five years the book publisher has returned £300m in dividends to Pearson. ...
Carillion boss steps down as shares crash 40% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 10th of July 2017 09:40:51 AM
. The chief executive of construction and support services company Carillion has stepped down as the firm warned on profits and scrapped its dividend following a Brexit-related slowdown in orders, news which sent its shares plunging almost 40%. ...
Mark Zuckerberg’s got some cheek, advocating a universal basic income | Sonia Sodha image
....Zuckerberg’s got some cheek. The idea of a universal basic income is all very well and good in sparsely populated Alaska, where revenues from natural oil fund a modest annual dividend to the state’s permanent residents that in the last decade has varied between $800 and $2,000. ...
Worldpay buyout by Vantiv reignites debate over foreign takeovers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 5th of July 2017 03:04:35 PM
.... Worldpay shareholders would own about 41% of the new group. The value of the deal varies with Vantiv’s share price but when it was announced it valued Worldpay shares at 385p each, including a 5p dividend. ...
Decade in the doldrums for hard-hit savers as low interest rates remain the same image
....25 per cent, which means that eight million Britons have not seen an interest rate rise in their adult life, according to figures from Hargreaves Lansdown. Senior analyst Laith Khalaf said if you parked £1,000 in the average cash savings account 10 years ago you would now have just £1,107, which is worth a mere £878 in real terms after adjusting for inflation: “At the same time share prices have soared, so the same money would be worth £1,666 in the stock market with dividends reinvested, or £1,323 after inflation. ...
Forget austerity, here’s who is to blame for your empty pockets | Patrick Collinson image
....92m after this “robust performance”. The reward comes after years of bumper dividend payouts which have doubled from 32. ...
Extra £1bn for Northern Ireland will barely dent public finances image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 27th of June 2017 05:04:26 PM
....5%, so the government stood to gain little or nothing from the move over the life of the parliament. But in the longer term, the double lock was due to pay dividends. ...
Co-op Bank abandons sale talks as it edges towards rescue deal image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 26th of June 2017 05:25:23 PM
.... Its name can be reviewed by the business secretary if its use could “cause harm to the public” while the City regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority, has the power to prevent the use of the “co-operative” name to to protect consumers. The bank – which has reported five consecutive years of losses – provided a short-update on its strategic plan, showing it might be able to pay dividends to shareholders in 2021. ...
Murdoch's Sky takeover bid: culture secretary's verdict due this week image
....The worst case scenario for Fox would be if Bradley says she believes there are plurality or broadcasting standards issues but refuses any remedy offered to push the deal through, instead calling in the Competition Markets Authority. The CMA would then have 24 weeks to launch an in-depth investigation that could trigger Fox having to pay a special dividend of about £172m for failing to get the deal done this year. ...
Fox’s £11.7bn bid for Sky ‘should be referred to competition authorities’ image
....An in-depth investigation would be Fox’s worst-case scenario as the CMA has a six-month time frame. That could trigger Fox having to pay a special dividend of about £172m for failing to get the deal done this year. ...
Exxon, BP and Shell back carbon tax proposal to curb emissions image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of June 2017 04:32:21 PM
....Under the proposal, a $40 carbon tax, rising over time, would be levied on emissions in order to encourage a shift towards renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. All of the proceeds from the tax would be returned to the American public via “carbon dividends” – the group estimates a family of four would receive a payment of $2,000 in the first year. ...
Whole Foods, then a whole industry? Amazon sinks teeth into supermarkets image
....Yet a semi-endorsement of a business model is no comfort if Amazon gets properly serious about food in the UK. The US giant has two advantages: it understands logistics, and its shareholders don’t expect it to make hard profits to be paid as dividends. ...
Cladding for Grenfell Tower was cheaper, more flammable option image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 16th of June 2017 12:15:05 PM
....2m last year, the same year in which the ACM it supplied was installed on Grenfell Tower. The company also paid a dividend of £950,000 to its sole shareholder, an investment group specialising in construction companies called Xerxes Equity. ...
IT meltdown has cost British Airways £80m so far, says Willie Walsh image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of June 2017 12:32:01 PM
.... He added: “Our commitment to adequately remunerating our shareholders is unwavering. ” Almost €500m in dividends was paid out last year. ...
Grenfell Tower's managers were reviewing safety after fire at another block image
....The company made a pre-tax profit of £14. 3m last year on revenues of £271m and paid investors a dividend of £2m, the largest slice of which went to Rydon’s chief executive and largest shareholder, Robert Bond, 61. ...
Thames Water given maximum £8.5m fine for missing leak target image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of June 2017 10:38:37 AM
....Robertson, who joined Thames Water in September 2016, was awarded an annual bonus of £54,000 and is paid a basic salary of £700,000 a year. England is the only nation to have a fully privatised water industry, which has been criticised for making large dividend payments to owners. ...
As with everything Brexit, the battle for the City will be messy | Nils Pratley image
....8bn at the last count but, if the sales of the asset services division fetches the rumoured £700m, the proceeds would return Capita’s balance sheet to the land of the normal. At the point, the ambition to protect the dividend, currently offering a 5% yield, would be more than credible. ...
Oil giants need to invest heavily in renewables by 2035, says analysis image
....Anglo Dutch firm Shell has said its new energies unit will spend $1bn a year on biofuels, hydrogen and renewables by 2020, up from the $200m it spent last year, mainly on R&D. Wood Mackenzie said returns for renewables were about half those of oil and gas production, but the long-life of cashflow from assets such as windfarms could help firms support their dividends. ...
Rio Tinto bidding war: Glencore offers US$100m more for Australian coalmines image
....4bn, in May approached the US agribusiness firm Bunge about a possible combination, a sign the firm had turned a corner after a two-year slump in commodity prices. The downturn had prompted Glencore’s chief executive, Ivan Glasenberg, to scrap dividends, sell assets and trim debt. ...
Germany fears big losses over tax scandal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 8th of June 2017 11:14:16 PM
.... Many question the legality of the practice. In the second (a more complicated variation), investors and banks bought and sold shares just before and just after dividends were paid. ...
Philip Green fashion empire hit by 16% fall in profits image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 4th of June 2017 03:29:15 PM
....Despite the decrease in profits, Taveta ended the year with cash reserves of £223m, which was said to be roughly the same as last year. The company did not pay a dividend. ...
Scunthorpe steelworkers enjoy the rewards of act of faith in new owner image
....The restoration of their pay coincides with a return to the black – a £47m underlying profit capping a dramatic turnaround since the plant slumped to a £79m loss in its final year under the stewardship of former owner Tata Steel UK. Employees have also been given a 5% stake in the company, meaning they will share in any dividends, if and when there are any to be handed out. ...
PPG drops bid to buy Dulux owner AkzoNobel image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 1st of June 2017 10:57:44 AM
....In April, Akzo put forward an alternative plan to the merger, promising to give shareholders 1. 6bn euros in extra dividends. ...
Ireland set to sell 25% of Allied Irish Banks image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 31st of May 2017 10:46:21 AM
....The government owns 99. 9% of AIB and received a dividend of 250m euros last month - its first since the rescue. ...
BA’s failures fly in the face of ‘customer as king’. This is the new normal | Peter Fleming image
.... And BA stands to receive a £100m compensation bill in wake of the mess. This could be a good example of what Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane meant when he said British corporations risked “eating themselves” due to their myopic focus on the next dividend payout. ...
BT considering closing defined-benefit pensions scheme for existing staff image
....The report continued: “If there’s an increase in the pension deficit at the next valuation date, we may have to increase deficit payments into the scheme. Higher deficit payments could mean less money available to invest, pay out as dividends or repay debt as it matures, which could in turn affect our share price and credit rating. ...
Dulux owner wins court victory in shareholder battle image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 29th of May 2017 09:01:01 PM
.... . It has promised to increase its dividend for 2017 by half and pay a €1bn special cash dividend in November. ...
Edinburgh Woollen Mill acquires Jaeger brand in plan for new chain image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 28th of May 2017 04:46:27 PM
....Day, who took a £30. 5m dividend from the Edinburgh Woollen Mill group in the financial year to February 2016 when the group made a pre-tax profit of about £90m on sales of £576m, has moved from his castle home in Cumbria to live in Dubai. ...
Could citizens’ wealth funds halt the dominance of the financial elite? image
....Funds on this scale would have been economically and socially transformative. They could have boosted infrastructure spending without the need to borrow, paid for regeneration in poorer areas, or funded a generous annual dividend paid to all citizens. ...
Five minute guide to investing in the UK's big banks image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 21st of May 2017 12:01:00 AM
....5billion to prevent a banking meltdown, and is now set to offload its remaining stake. Lloyds’ share price jumped on the news, peaking at 74p earlier in the week, and stockbrokers are now saying it could be a good long-term investment for savers seeking dividend income. ...
How workable – and how expensive – might Labour’s renationalisations be? image
.... The trains are safer and popular with buckets of public investment. Labour says Royal Mail has paid out £640m in dividends in three years while closing 10% of delivery offices. ...
Mine craft: why BHP's strategic overhaul could help repel a hedge fund predator image
....Morrison’s comments were telling and reveal that Elliott, which once seized an Argentinian warship to extract debt repayment from the Buenos Aires government, may have underestimated the attachment Australians feel towards its corporate champions. While people in the UK are used to seeing companies and utilities bought and sold to the highest bidder – Cadbury, ICI, British Steel and Jaguar Land Rover have all disappeared or gone into foreign hands – Australians appear more attached to their big names, especially ones worth billions and which have paid handsome dividends to shareholders and pension funds down the years. ...
Tesla factory workers reveal pain, injury and stress: 'Everything feels like the future but us' image
....“We’re a money-losing company,” Musk added. “This is not some situation where, for example, we are just greedy capitalists who decided to skimp on safety in order to have more profits and dividends and that kind of thing. ...
WannaCry attack lifts shares in cybersecurity firm Sophos to record high image
....3% today,” said Nicholas Hyett, equity analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown. “Shareholders are being rewarded with a dramatically increased dividend, and as a provider of an increasingly vital service with a strong recurring revenue base, the future looks bright for the group. ...
Lloyds should give the backslapping a rest after sale of government stake | Nils Pratley image
.... “We’ve turned the group around,” declared boss António Horta-Osório. The investor relations department found the most flattering way to present the state’s investment return: including dividends, £894m more has been returned than the £21. ...
Labour's water renationalisation plan is a damp squib | Nils Pratley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of May 2017 07:34:13 PM
....5% for 10 years. It might cost £69bn to buy the entire water industry – that’s the value of the regulated assets – but the companies would arrive with income streams in the form of dividends. ...
Giant US fund manager to shake up UK investment market by halving fees image
....Set up in 1974 by financier John Bogle, Vanguard pioneered index investing – which aims to replicate the performance of a specific share index such as the FTSE 100 – with the world’s first mutual index fund available to the general public. It is client-owned, so does not pay dividends to shareholders. ...
General election 2017: Labour 'plans water industry nationalisation' image
....Under proposals to be outlined in its manifesto on Tuesday, Labour would create nine new public bodies to run the water and sewage system in England. By ending the practice of paying dividends to shareholders, party sources say bills would be reduced by around £100 a year per household. ...

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