Microsoft Announces 23 Percent Increase in Quarterly Dividend

Posted by sumeethevans on September 23 2010, 10:39 PM. Posted in Financial MSFT.

Microsoft today announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.16 per share, reflecting a 3 cent or 23 percent increase over the previous quarter’s dividend. The dividend is payable December 9, 2010 to shareholders of record on November 18, 2010. The ex-dividend date will be November 16, 2010.

A chart of Microsoft’s quarterly dividends per share from September 2004 – present. For the ten years ending June 30, 2010, Microsoft has returned nearly $170 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases.

A chart of Microsoft’s quarterly dividends per share from September 2004 – present. For the ten years ending June 30, 2010, Microsoft has returned nearly $170 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases.

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"This higher dividend, combined with our ongoing share repurchase program, reflects our commitment to returning capital to our shareholders and our confidence in the long-term growth of the company,” said Peter Klein, chief financial officer of Microsoft.

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