SO, DUK, and NEE: How Top Utilities Paid Their Shareholders
Top utilities and their dividends
Atlanta-based Southern Company (SO) paid annual dividends of $2.22 per share in 2016. It’s expected to pay annualized dividends of $2.30 per share this year. Renewables giant NextEra Energy (NEE) paid quarterly dividends of $0.98 per share in 1Q17, while Duke Energy (DUK) paid dividends of $0.86 per share. Dominion Resources (D) paid annual dividends of $0.76 in the same quarter.
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Southern Company’s dividends are expected to rise ~4% for the next few years. According to analysts’ estimates, NextEra Energy’s dividends are expected to increase more than 10% due to its strong earnings growth for the next few years.
Dominion Resources’ dividends are expected to grow 8% annually, while Duke’s dividends are expected to grow 4%–6% in the next few years.
To learn more about NextEra Energy’s dividends, read Why NextEra Energy Could Be a Sensible Dividend Option.