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A Look at PPL’s Dividend Statistics before Ex-Dividend Date

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PPL: Payout ratio

PPL Corporation’s (PPL) payout ratio in 2016 was ~54%, which is lower than its five-year historical average of 61%. Utilities typically give away large portions of their profits to shareholders in the form of dividends. Duke Energy (DUK) and Georgia-based Southern Company (SO) had payout ratios of 85%–90% last year.

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PPL’s much lower payout ratio shows that a large share of profits is being used for capital investments and future growth. Florida-based renewables giant NextEra Energy (NEE) had a payout ratio of 55% last year.

You can compare the dividends of the top utilities (XLU) in Which Utility Stock Offers the Highest Potential Gain—NEE, DUK, or SO?

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