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Asia's dividend payouts set for biggest increase in 6 yrs as profits surge

Asian shares arguably have more room to grow than developed markets such as US, based on forward dividend yields


Dividend payouts by Asia's biggest companies are poised for their biggest increase in six years as profits surge and pressure grows on firms to be more generous with their shareholders. Across Asia, dividend payouts in 2017 are expected to grow by 12 per cent year-on-year, a Reuters analysis showed, marking the largest increase in payouts since 2011. That corporate generosity, driven to some extent by improving economic growth, is only partly reflected in the share price, analysts say. If, as consensus forecasts show, earnings growth stays strong into next year and 2019, ...

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First Published: Mon, November 20 2017. 10:35 IST