omitted dividend

Omitted dividend

A dividend that was scheduled to be declared, but that is not voted by the Board of Directors probably because the company is experiencing financial difficulties.

Omitted Dividend

A dividend that a company would have ordinarily declared and paid but decided against doing so. For example, if a company ordinarily pays a dividend each March but decides not to do so in March 2010, that dividend is said to be omitted. A company usually omits a dividend when it is experiencing financial difficulties and wishes to keep the cash that would have gone to pay the dividend to maintain its operations. An omitted dividend is also called a passed dividend.

omitted dividend

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The company had omitted dividend payments for the last two business years.
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