Microsoft is, of course, one of the most closely watched US performance stocks for investors. The company has been paying its shareholders a regular return for many years and recently announced a price increase. On this page, we'll find out exactly how much Microsoft pays its shareholders and what its return is. We will also look at its price history, its ten-year return history and its payout dates. This will help you assess the profitability of the stock.
The last known full dividend for Microsoft stock is the dividend that was paid in 2022 for the year 2021. This dividend was in the amount of $2.48 per share and was paid in four instalments of $0.62
Remember that last year, in 2021, the annual dividend paid by Microsoft to its shareholders was $2.24 with four payments of $0.56.
Microsoft's dividend is paid each year based on the previous year's financial results. Thus, the 2022 dividend corresponds to the 2021 financial year. But before the dividend is paid, it must be decided by the board of directors and voted on by the annual shareholders' meeting.
Like most other publicly traded US companies, the Microsoft Group has a quarterly dividend payment schedule, which means that it is paid in four installments with an interim dividend in December of the previous year.
In 2022, for example, Microsoft's first interim dividend was detached on 17 November 2021 and paid on 09 December, the second was detached on 17 February and paid on 11 March, the third was detached on 18 May and paid on 09 June and the fourth will be detached on 17 August and paid on 08 September.
The next dividend that has been announced by Microsoft is the 2022 dividend on the 2021 financial year. This is a total of $2.48 per share and the first three interim dividends of $0.62 were paid in December 2021, February 2022 and May 2022. The final payment of $0.62 will be made in September 2022.
This dividend of $2.48 per share is thus higher than the previous dividend of $2.24 per share, which was paid in 2021.
Although Microsoft has been a profitable company for a very long time, it has only been paying a dividend to its shareholders since 2003. This means that the company has been paying a dividend to its shareholders for almost 20 years without interruption. We propose you to discover the history of the amount of this dividend over the last ten years as well as its evolution.
As you can see, Microsoft's dividend tends to increase over time. Over the last ten years, the dividend has increased by an average of 11.29% per year, which is a particularly high rate of increase, especially compared to the industry average.
It is not enough to analyse the amount of the Microsoft share's yield to assess its profitability. The yield, which is based on both the amount of the dividend and the share price, is much more meaningful. The dividend amount is divided by the share price to obtain this yield.
The dividend paid by Microsoft in 2022 showed a yield of 1.01%.
The Payout Ratio of Microsoft is also an important point to study. This is currently 24.63%, which means that the company is not dipping too much into its profits to pay its shareholders.
Over the past 10 years, Microsoft Group has paid a dividend with an average yield of 2.11%, which is above its 2021 yield. Here is its history:
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