Which Utility Will Pay Higher Dividends in 2017?
Top utilities’ dividends
Duke Energy (DUK) paid $3.36 per share in dividends in 2016. It generally announces a dividend increase in the third quarter of the year.
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Duke Energy’s management expects its dividends to grow by ~5% in the next few years. By comparison, peer NextEra Energy’s (NEE) dividends are expected to rise more than 10% for the next few years.
Southern Company’s (SO) dividends are expected to rise ~4% for the next few years. In 2017, it’s expected to pay dividends of $2.30 per share.
You can learn more about Southern Company’s dividend profile in Market Realist’s series Southern Company: Premium Dividend Yield and Average Growth. To learn more about NextEra Energy’s dividends, read the series Why NextEra Energy Could Be a Sensible Dividend Option.
Continue to the next part of this series for a discussion of peer utility payout ratios.