Analyzing Marathon Petroleum’s Dividend Yield



Marathon Petroleum’s dividend payment

In this part, we’ll discuss Marathon Petroleum’s (MPC) dividend yield before its first-quarter results.

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Marathon Petroleum’s dividend yield is 3.5%. The company’s dividend payments have been rising steadily over the past several quarters. In the first quarter, Marathon Petroleum paid a dividend of $0.53 per share, which represents 47% growth from the first quarter of 2017. The dividend was announced on January 28 and paid on March 11.

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What to expect

Marathon Petroleum has been paying increasing and consistent dividends for the past several years. The company targets to grow its dividends 10% annually. In 2019, Marathon Petroleum is expected to pay a dividend per share of $2.12 dividend per share, which represents a 15% annual growth rate for the year.

Marathon Petroleum plans to buy back shares to share the benefits of higher earnings and cash flows. The company targets to return ~50% or more of its discretionary free cash flows to shareholders. The company’s existing authorization could lead to ~$4.9 billion of share buybacks until the end of 2020.

Peers’ dividend yield

Valero Energy’s (VLO) dividend yield is the highest at 4.1%. PBF Energy’s (PBF) yield is 3.7%, which is higher than Marathon Petroleum’s yield. Phillips 66 (PSX), HollyFrontier (HFC), and Delek US Holdings’ (DK) yields are 3.4%, 2.8%, and 2.9%, respectively—lower than Marathon Petroleum.


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