As audited accounts start to trickle in, companies will propose dividend payments to their shareholders; as recommended by their respective boards of directors.
It is also important to track these announcements to know who is eligible to collect the dividend; when it will be approved, and when it will be paid. Dividend payment also affects share prices.
Date announced – The date the company announced dividends; evidenced by a corporate action published on the website of the Stock Exchange.
Dividend during the year – This represents all the dividend announcements made by a company in a given year.
Total dividends – This is the summation of a company’s interim dividend (often in a prior year); and the final dividend following the publishing of a full-year annual report (after being in the first quarter of the year).