UK dividends unlikely to recover until 2025

UK dividends unlikely to recover until 2025

FT Adviser reports “UK dividends are unlikely to recover to pre-pandemic levels until 2025 at the very earliest after the coronavirus crisis wiped away eight years of shareholder payout growth.

Link Group’s latest dividend monitor, published today (January 20), shows dividends stood at £61.9bn in 2020 — 44 per cent less than 2019 and the lowest annual total since 2011.”

“Susan Ring, chief executive of corporate markets at Link, said the social and economic scars of Covid-19 would be “deep” and it was therefore highly unlikely dividends would regain their previous highs until 2025 “at the earliest”.

She added: “There are reasons for optimism, but the resurgent pandemic has pushed back the reopening of the economy even further, especially in the UK. We still believe the worst is past, but a new lockdown means our expectations for 2021 are significantly more subdued.”” Read the full article  

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