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Monday, January 17, 2022

CIBC and TD resume the big bank aim of dividend raises

Key takeaways: 

  • Both banks were anticipated to increase their dividends, but how significant was unknown.
  • Canada’s big banks are posting their periodically gains this week and all of them are anticipated to increase their dividends for the first time in nearly two years. 

Canada’s Big Banks dividend raises by 10%: 

Toronto-Dominion Bank and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce announced their economic results on Thursday, and both big lenders increased their quarterly payout to stockholders.

TD declared it will increase its dividend to 89 cents per share, up from 79 cents per share earlier. CIBC, meanwhile, increased its dividend to $1.61 per common share, up from $1.46.

Both hikes are off only over 10 per cent and they came after Scotiabank and Royal Bank declared programs to raise their payouts earlier this week. Bank of Montreal will announce its profits tomorrow and it, too, is anticipated to increase its dividend.

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Scotia hiked by 11 per cent, from 90 cents to $1 per share. Royal, meantime, increased its payout from $1.08 to $1.21 — a 12 per cent rise.

The dividend hikes were anticipated, but the correct amount was hidden. 

The banks have been lying on excess amounts of money for close to two years now, as controls forbade them from increasing their payouts to stockholders in March 2020 to preserve capital for the difficulty to come.

But the banks have overcome the pandemic broadly unscathed, as borrowers have trained to stay on top of the debts for the most part. This is why the previous month, the regulator dismissed those constraints on dividend hikes for stockholders.

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