For many years, MCDonald's has been paying a dividend to its shareholders that has been rising steadily from year to year, making this stock one of the highest yielding US stocks. If you would like to learn more about the MCDonald's dividend, you can find out the exact amount and yield of the dividend on this page, as well as the history of the dividend and the dates it is released and paid out, and other useful information before buying MCDonald's stock.
The last known full dividend for MCDonald's stock is the dividend that was paid in 2021 for the financial year 2020. This dividend was in the amount of $5.25 per share and was paid in four installments of $1.29
MCDonald's has also already approved the amount of the 2022 dividend which will be a total of $5.52 per share. Two initial instalments of $1.38 have already been paid to shareholders and two more will follow.
The calculation of the MCDonald's dividend amount is made each year based on the financial results of the year. Generally, the group pays an interim dividend at the end of the current year and the balance in subsequent years. The amount and timing of dividends are voted on at the annual general meeting of shareholders.
As MCDonald's is a US company, it pays its dividend quarterly. This means that it pays a dividend four times a year with an interim dividend at the end of the year and the balance in three instalments the following year.
In 2021, for example, MCDonald's first interim dividend was detached on 30 November 2020 and paid on 15 December, the second detached on 26 February and paid on 15 March, the third detached on 28 May and paid on 15 June and the fourth detached on 31 August and paid on 15 September.
The next dividend to be paid by the MCDonald's Group is the 2022 dividend on the 2021 financial year. Two interim dividends of $1.38 have already been paid in December 2021 and March 2022 for this dividend which totals $5.52 and two further payments of the same amount will be made in March and June.
This new dividend is therefore higher than the one paid in 2021, which was a total of $5.25 per share.
MCDonald's is a company that has been paying its shareholders for many years. In fact, since 1980, the company has paid an annual dividend to its shareholders without interruption, with the amount increasing every year. To better understand, here is a complete history of the dividends paid by MCDonald's over the last ten years with its evolution.
As you can see, MCDonald's dividend has only been increasing for the last 10 years. Its long-term growth is positive with an average increase of 7.23% per year over 5 years and an average increase of 6.58% per year over 10 years, which is above the sector average.
To find out the real profitability of a share, it is interesting to look not only at the amount of its dividend but also at its yield. This is calculated by dividing the amount of the dividend by the price of the share, i.e. by its market price.
The dividend paid by MCDonald's in 2021 had a yield of 2.21%.
With regard to MCDonald's dividend policy, its payout ratio, i.e. the proportion of its profits paid out to shareholders, is currently 56.39%. This is relatively high but shows that the company is retaining some of its profits for investment.
Over the past 10 years, MCDonald's has paid a dividend with an average yield of 2.98%, which is slightly below its 2021 yield. Here is its history:
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