A dividend increase by Ahold Delhaize – 2019
Last week Ahold Delhaize announced an 11.1% increase in its yearly dividend. The dividend is raised from €0.63 to €0.70.This represents a payout ratio of approx. 50%. This dividend is up for approval by the General Meeting of Shareholders.The dividend pay date is April 25, 2019 to shareholders of record on April 15, 2019 (ex dividend April 12, 2019).
Frans Muller, President and CEO of Ahold Delhaize:
“For the full year we delivered a strong free cash flow of €2.3 billion, supported by further improvements in net working capital. We expect free cash flow for 2019 of around €2.0 billion, with capital expenditure of €2.0 billion. We will return €1 billion through our share buyback program for 2019 and are pleased to propose a €0.70 dividend to our shareholders, an increase of 11.1% compared to 2017, reflecting of our ambition of sustainable growth of the dividend per share. For 2019 we expect underlying income per share from continuing business to grow by high single digits as a percentage.”
The new dividend of €0.70 per share results in a dividend yield on current price of 3.11%.
My Vrijheid Fonds consist of 427 shares of Ahold Delhaize, so my annual dividends will increase by €31.30 (after taxes). My projected annual total amount from my shares of Ahold will be €254.07 after taxes.
Again a very nice dividend increase for my Vrijheid Fonds in 2019.