Carreras dividend yield 11.5%

Dividend hiked at Carreras

Carreras has declared an interim dividend of $2.10 per stock unit, payable on June 28, 2017, to stockholders as shown on the Register of Members as at June 9. The stock will commence trading ex-dividend on June 7. The payment will bring the dividends for the last twelve months to $7.50 per share, for a yield of 11.5 percent based on the price of $65.40, at the end of June 2016.
The company paid an interim dividend of $2.20 per stock unit to stockholders on the Register of Members at February 17, this year, an interim dividend of $1.70 per stock to stockholders on record at November 24, 2016 and a dividend of $1.50 per on August 30, 2016.
Carreras traded as high as $84 this year and is trading currently at $77.73 on the Jamaica Stock Exchange and traded at a low of $60 in the last twelve months.
For the December 2016 quarter, Carreras‘ profit after tax rose 24 percent to $1.1 billion, from $889 million and for the nine months, it moved 23 percent, from $2.28 billion to $2.79 billion. IC is forecasting $11.50 earnings per share for the current year that ends in March 2018 as the price of cigarettes was raised this year. The increased earnings would result in an increased dividend payment.

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