Dividends per share

Dividends per share

Dividend paid for the past 12 months divided by the number of common shares outstanding, as reported by a company. The number of shares often is determined by a weighted average of shares outstanding over the reporting term.

Dividends per Share

The total amount a publicly-traded company pays in ordinary dividends over a given period of time divided by the average number of shares outstanding. Dividends per share gives a potential investor an idea of how much he/she will receive in dividends if he/she buys a given stock. Typically, blue chip or other well-established companies pay high dividends per share, while start-ups pay small dividends per share.
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M2 EQUITYBITES-February 19, 2018-NextEra Energy's board approves quarterly dividend and extends targeted growth rate in dividends per share
This increase is consistent with the policy of targeting 12% to 14% annual growth in dividends per share through at least 2018, off a 2015 base.
The board of directors of NextEra Energy approved a two-year extension of the existing dividend policy, which is expected to translate to a growth rate in dividends per share of 12%-14% per year through at least 2020, off a 2017 base of $3.