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S. Korean firms' dividend yield ratio hits 3-year low: data

SEOUL, April 21 (Yonhap) -- Dividend payouts by South Korean listed firms to investors remained poor last year, with their dividend yield ratio hitting the lowest level in 3 years, data showed Monday. The average dividend yield ratio of listed firms that closed their books on Dec. 31 came to 1.14 percent in 2013, marking the lowest tally since 2010 when the comparable figure was 1.12 percent, according to the data compiled by Daishin Securities.

AlarmForce boosts annual dividend to 12 cents; 3-cent quarterly payout May 20

TORONTO - AlarmForce Industries Inc. (TSX:AF) is increasing its annual cash dividend to 12 cents from 10 cents per share. The company, which provides alarm monitoring, video surveillance and emergency response monitoring to residential and commercial customers in both Canada and the United States, says its new quarterly dividend of three cents per share will be payable May 20 to shareholders of record on April 30. Based on the company's closing share price Monday or $11.24, up four cents, the higher dividend would provide an annual yield of just over one per cent.

Tokyo stocks up 0.23% by break

Tokyo stocks rose 0.23 percent on Wednesday morning, bolstered by gains on Wall Street and as dealers locked in dividends before the start of the next tax year in April. The Nikkei 225 index climbed 32.81 points to 14,456.00 by the break, while the Topix index of all first-section issues was up 0.48 percent, or 5.58 points, at 1,169.28. Market players were unmoved by North Korea's test-firing of two ballistic missiles. Under the Tokyo Stock Exchange's settlement rules, March 26 is the last day to secure payouts on stocks for the fiscal year ending on March 31.

AlarmForce cities strong cash position, announces 60-cent special dividend

TORONTO - AlarmForce Industries Inc. (TSX:AF), citing what it says is a strong cash position, has announced a special dividend of 60 cents per share. The company, which provides home and business alarm systems and monitoring, announced after markets closed on Tuesday that the special dividend would be paid May 20 to shareholders of record on April 30. It is in additional to the company's regular quarterly dividend of 2.5 cents per share.

High Arctic boosts dividend 20%; rewards shareholders for strong results

CALGARY - High Arctic Energy Services Inc. (TSX:HWO) is increasing its dividend by 20 per cent. The Calgary-based oilfield services company announced Monday that the new monthly payout will be 1.5 cents per share or 18 cents per annum. The higher dividend will be paid April 14 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 31. Based on High Arctic's closing stock price of $3.82 on Monday, up two cents, the issue would produce an annual yield of 4.7 per cent.

Coca-Cola raises dividend to 30.5 cents from 28 cents, citing confidence in its cash flow

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Coca-Cola is raising its quarterly dividend by 9 per cent. The next dividend is payable April 1 to shareholders of record as of March 14. Coca-Cola says raising the dividend to 30.5 cents from 28 cents reflects the confidence it has in its long-term cash flow. The Atlanta company returned $9.8 billion to shareholders in 2013 through $5 billion in dividends and by buying back $4.8 billion in stock. It says it has returned $34.7 billion to shareholders since the start of 2010.

Dividend hunters toast earnings season surprises

By Atul Prakash LONDON (Reuters) - Halfway through Europe's company earnings season, investors who made record bets in search of dividends have cause for celebration, though they should prepare for disappointment from some traditionally high-paying sectors. Global miner Rio Tinto raised its dividend by 15 percent last week, and French oil firm Total joined in with a 3.4 percent rise, while French bank BNP Paribas said it planned to boost its dividend payout ratio to around 45 percent of earnings by 2016 from 41 percent.

Dividend hunters toast earnings season surprises

By Atul Prakash LONDON (Reuters) - Halfway through Europe's company earnings season, investors who made record bets in search of dividends have cause for celebration, though they should prepare for disappointment from some traditionally high-paying sectors. Global miner Rio Tinto raised its dividend by 15 percent last week, and French oil firm Total joined in with a 3.4 percent rise, while French bank BNP Paribas said it planned to boost its dividend payout ratio to around 45 percent of earnings by 2016 from 41 percent.

UPS increases quarterly dividend by 8 per cent to 67 cents per share

ATLANTA - UPS says it is increasing its quarterly dividend by 8 per cent as a result the shipping company's improved cash flow. The Atlanta-based company said late Thursday that it will pay a dividend of 67 cents per share March 11 to shareholders of record as of Feb. 24. That's up from its most recent dividend of 62 cents per share. UPS said that the company generated $5.3 billion in free cash flow during 2013, allowing it to reinvest in the business and improve returns to shareholders.

Gluskin Sheff more than doubles Q2 profit to $60.4M; announces special dividend

TORONTO - Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc. (TSX:GS) credits a big increase in performance fees as well as higher base management fees for helping it more than double net income to $60.4 million in the second quarter. As a result, the Toronto-based wealth manager for high net worth private clients and institutional investors said Thursday that it plans a special dividend of $1.40 per common share in addition to its regular quarterly dividend of 20 cents per share.
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