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Dil Maange Rs 200 bn More Dividends?

Published on Wed, Jan 27,2016 | 22:19, Updated at Wed, Jan 27 at 22:19Source : 

IiAS’ study based on FY15 financials shows that at least 73 of the S&P BSE 500 companies can double the amount of dividends. This is despite the fact that companies increased dividend pay-outs. In a study in 2014, IiAS had identified at least 77 of the S&P BSE 500 companies that could pay more, of which 64 companies increased dividends in FY15 by Rs.164 bn over FY13 (and Rs.135 bn over FY14).  Nevertheless, India Inc. is stockpiling cash and must return it to shareholders if it does not have productive use for it. Distributing excess cash to shareholders on a regular basis helps companies demonstrate their confidence to continually generate earnings in future and show that the earnings are real. Higher dividend pay-outs increase shareholder interest in the stock and, to that extent, makes fund raising easier.

IiAS recommends companies disclose a retention policy – how much money they want to retain and why, rather than a dividend policy to provide investors clarity on the planned use of cash generated. We strongly believe that companies should obtain shareholder approval to retain cash specifying the rationale for doing so, and pay-out the remaining to shareholders as dividends: this cash belongs to all shareholders and is not for managements to keep.

The report ‘Dividends: 73 companies can pay over Rs.200bn more in dividends’ is attached.
Attachments : F1 0_IE_Dividends FY15_January 2016.pdf

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