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Rivers of cash? Here’s how much Lloyds shares have paid out in dividends since 2019

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Tracing its roots again to 1765, Lloyds (LSE: LLOY) is likely one of the oldest banks within the UK. As such, the shares mainly exist to pay dividends.

How have they accomplished on this regard since 2019? And why have I purchased them for my earnings portfolio?

Lloyds returns

Initially of 2019, Lloyds shares have been going for 51.2p every. That’s 17% greater than the 42.5p those self same shares are buying and selling for now.

The FTSE 100 financial institution inventory paid two dividends in 2019, for a complete of three.26p per share. In 2020, nevertheless, it introduced that it wouldn’t pay any dividends because it sought to protect capital in the course of the pandemic.

To be honest, that call was taken together with different UK lenders following a request from the Financial institution of England. This was completely comprehensible given the UK financial system confronted the prospect of a deep recession.

Then, in 2021, the dividend returned at a decrease 2.0p per share, earlier than returning 2.4p per share in 2022. Within the 2023 calendar yr, dividend funds totalled 2.52p, which was nonetheless lower than earlier than the pandemic.

What does this imply?

Let’s assume that any person invested £10,000 in Lloyds shares at first of 2019. This might have resulted within the acquisition of about 19,531 shares.

Over 2019, this investor would have acquired a complete of £636, or a 6.3% yield. That’s a terrific beginning return.

As we’ve seen, nevertheless, the subsequent calendar yr would have introduced nothing. However over 2021, that very same investor would have bagged £390 in dividends.

By 2022, that determine would have crept as much as £468, with final yr (calendar 2023) yielding £492.

So, that is just below £2,000 in whole dividends throughout this era. Or a compound annual progress charge of three.7%, give or take. Really, 4.6% per yr if we strip out the Covid-related absence.

Does this depend as rivers of money over 5 years? In all probability not, I believe it’s honest to say, particularly as rampant inflation would have eroded our investor’s spending energy in actual phrases.

However it does imply the dividends would have made up for the share value decline. All in all, although, not a terrific funding up to now.

So why have I invested?

Since 1694, the Financial institution of England’s common base charge is 5.9%. During the last 50 years, it has averaged a good charge.

Subsequently, we will see how the near-zero-rate years of 2009–2021 have been an entire aberration, traditionally talking. As soon as the financial system settles, increased rates of interest (2.5%-3%, say) needs to be a internet optimistic for all UK banks.

Plus, I like Lloyds’ strong stability sheet in addition to the dividend forecast. For 2024 and 2025, the inventory has ahead dividend yields of seven.5% and eight.3%, respectively.

Each potential dividends are lined 2.2 instances by anticipated earnings per share. Whereas that ensures nothing, this dividend protection is reassuring and may supply an honest margin of security.

Returning to our hypothetical investor, these yields would imply £617 this yr and £693 subsequent yr. If the earlier dividends had been reinvested, it could clearly be greater than this.

So we will see the funding case actually begins to make sense the longer the shares are held. With that well-covered 8.3% yield for 2025, Lloyds inventory at 42p at present seems to be like a high earnings purchase to me.


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