Thursday, July 17, 2008

BB&T Comes Through With Dividend Increase

In June, BB&T (BBT) affirmed its intention to increase its quarterly dividend. Well, Thursday the company came through on its intention and announced a 2.2% increase in the company's quarterly dividend. The rate of increase is below its 10-year average dividend growth rate of 10%.
  • The new quarterly dividend increases to 47 cents per share versus 46 cents per share in the same period last year.
  • The estimated payout ratio will equal 65% based on December 2008 estimated earnings of $2.89. The 5-year average payout for BBT is approximately 54%.
  • The company has a S&P Quality Ranking of A-.

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BB&T dividend analysis table July 17, 2008
BB&T stock chart July 17, 2008

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