Dividend increase 032: Abbvie

AbbVie Increases Quarterly Dividend by 12.3 Percent


NORTH CHICAGO, Ill., Oct. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The board of directors of AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV) increased the company’s quarterly cash dividend by 12.3 percent from $0.57 per share to $0.64 per share.

The cash dividend is payable February 15, 2017 to stockholders of record at the close of business on January 13, 2017.

Since the company’s inception in 2013, AbbVie has increased its dividend by 60 percent.  AbbVie is a member of the S&P Dividend Aristocrats Index, which tracks companies that have annually increased their dividend for at least 25 consecutive years.


Air Liquide/Airgas

Airgas operations merged October 1st

Solid Gas & Services sales growth
2016 objective confirmed

La mega acquisizione di Airgas entra in circolo !

Third Quarter 2016 Revenue

Commenting on the third quarter of 2016, Benoît Potier, Chairman and CEO of Air Liquide, said:

This quarter has been characterized by the successful refinancing of the Airgas acquisition, the disposal of certain assets in the United States executed under excellent conditions, and the operational merger of Airgas since October 1st. In addition, for the first time, Airgas contributed to the Group’s performance over a full quarter.
In the context of continued moderate global growth, Gas & Services sales posted solid growth, primarily driven by ramp-ups of our Large Industries plants, the strength of the Healthcare business and by the developing economies, in particular China. The Group continues to generate recurring efficiency gains, which contribute to operational performance.
Today, a new phase begins. Priorities include delivering Airgas synergies in accordance with our plan and continued implementation of NEOS, our corporate program. The investment backlog, amounting to 2.2 billion euros, and innovations aimed at enriching the customer experience, will contribute to growth in the coming years.
Following the completion of the acquisition of Airgas, Air Liquide is confident in its ability to generate growth in 2016, both in net profit and net earnings per share, including the effect of the capital increase finalized in early October.


Dividend increase 031:Whitbread





Financial Highlights H1 H1
2016/17 2015/16 Change
Total revenue (£m) 1,555.9 1,439.8 +8.1%
Underlying profit before tax1 (£m) 307.0 291.3 +5.4%
Profit for the period (£m) 200.7 196.3 +2.2%
Underlying basic EPS1 (pence) 133.88 127.30 +5.2%
Total basic EPS (pence) 111.42 108.99 +2.2%
Interim dividend (pence) 29.90 28.50 +4.9%
  • Winning market share in both Premier Inn and Costa with Group total sales growth of 8.1% and like for like sales2 growth of 1.9%
  • Premier Inn total sales growth of 8.9% and like for like sales2 up 2.4%
  • Costa total sales growth of 10.7%, system sales up 11.9% and UK like for like sales2 up 2.3%
  • Group underlying profit before tax1 rose 5.4% to £307.0 million
  • Premier Inn and Restaurants grew underlying operating profit by 8.9% to £271.5 million
  • Costa underlying operating profit decreased by 4.0% to £64.6 million due to increased investments in the first half
  • Exceptional items and non underlying adjustments before tax are a cost of £43.4 million (2015/16: cost £36.4 million) predominantly relating to the estimated costs associated with Premier Inn International’s withdrawal from India and South East Asia
  • Group return on capital3 of 15.1% (at year end 2015/16: 15.3%). This includes over £400m invested in future hotel openings.
  • Cash generated from operations of £431.4 million (2015/16: £374.1 million) funded capital investment4 of £329.0 million (2015/16: £293.2 million)
  • Strong balance sheet with half year net debt of £988.2 million (at year end 2015/16: £909.8 million) with leverage maintained


Alison Brittain, Chief Executive, said:

“This is another good set of results from Whitbread and we continue to deliver strong growth, with total Group sales increasing 8.1% to £1.6 billion. Our core brands of Premier Inn and Costa continue to win market share with total sales growing 8.9% and 10.7% and like for like sales up 2.4% and 2.3% respectively.

In April this year, I identified three strategic priorities to develop our business: to grow and innovate in our core UK businesses; to focus on our strengths to grow internationally; and to build the capability and infrastructure to support long-term growth. This strategy will enable us to deliver continued growth, maintain good returns on capital and create sustainable value for our shareholders. In addition, through continued investment in our business we are creating new jobs and through our training and apprenticeship programmes we are supporting our teams to develop skills and progress their careers.

I am pleased to report that we have made good progress in delivering on our three strategic priorities. We will be smoothing the phasing of our openings this year and plan to open c.3,700 new UK Premier Inn rooms and 230-250 new coffee shops worldwide. We are passionate about offering great value, outstanding service and high quality products to our customers and are investing more in driving product and digital innovation.  In our hotels business, we are expanding the network of our new ‘hub by Premier Inn’ city centre hotels and making progress in consolidating and rejuvenating our restaurant brands. In Costa we are trialling new ‘finer’ coffee concepts, introducing a new fresher food range and making good progress rolling out our Costa Pronto and Drive Thru formats.

Internationally, in Premier Inn we are focusing on the Middle East and German markets and the process of exiting our operations in India and South East Asia is underway. In the first half, we have ramped up investment in our core systems and infrastructure as this is key to securing our future growth, achieving cost efficiency and sustaining our market-leading brand positions.

Whilst it is early in the second half and there is uncertainty in the UK’s economic outlook, we expect to deliver in line with full year expectations.”


Richard Baker, Chairman, said:

“Whitbread has delivered another good set of results with underlying profit before tax up 5.4%. We are continuing to invest in our brands to maintain our leadership positions, whilst our strong balance sheet and cash flow generation has enabled us to increase the dividend by 4.9% to 29.90p.”

Azioni in portafoglio :26

Dividendi incassati :142.7

Nuovo dividendo annuo stimato :20

Yoc :1.76%

Payback :12.77%


Dividend increase 030:Atlantia


Roma, 14 ottobre 2016 – Il Consiglio di Amministrazione di Atlantia S.p.A. ha deliberato in data odierna di attribuire agli azionisti un acconto sui dividendi dell’esercizio 2016 pari a 0,440 euro per azione, in crescita del 10% rispetto all’acconto di euro 0,400 distribuito nel 2015. Sulla base delle azioni attualmente in circolazione, l’importo da distribuire ammonta complessivamente a 362 milioni di euro (329 milioni di euro nel 2015). La società di revisione Deloitte & Touche ha rilasciato in data odierna il parere previsto dall’articolo 2433-bis del Codice Civile. La determinazione dell’acconto sui dividendi dell’esercizio 2016, nell’ambito dei limiti previsti dall’articolo 2433-bis del Codice Civile, è avvenuta sulla base della situazione contabile al 30 giugno 2016 di Atlantia S.p.A., che presenta un utile netto di 592 milioni di euro, tenendo conto anche dell’evoluzione prevedibile della gestione. L’acconto sui dividendi, al netto delle eventuali ritenute di legge, sarà messo in pagamento dal 23 novembre 2016 per ciascuna azione in circolazione alla data del calendario di Borsa di stacco cedola del 21 novembre 2016, con data di legittimazione al pagamento (record date) il 22 novembre 2016.

Azioni in portafoglio :58

Dividendi incassati :43.9

Nuovo dividendo annuo stimato :91

Yoc :3.49%

Payback :3.72%