Quarterly earnings from Legal & General Group Plc (LON: LGEN), British Sky Broadcasting Group plc (LON: BSY) and Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc (LON: RBS) are coming our way.
We're firmly into reporting season for the quarter ending March 31, and we'll be learning how the three months went for a number of important FTSE 100 companies. We took a look yesterday at three companies in the news next week, and here are three more:
Legal & General
Thursday will bring us a first-quarter update from Legal & General Group (LSE: LGEN), and if shareholders get another year like last year they'll be in for a treat. The share price has gained 40% over the past 12 months to 167p as the whole insurance sector has recovered.
Legal & General reported a 12% rise in earnings per share (EPS) for the year to December 2012, and paid a full-year dividend of 7.65p per share, which represented a yield of 5.3% on the end-of-year share price. In fact, even with a small dip in 2009, the life insurer has been paying decent dividends all along.
There's a rise in the dividend of around 10% currently forecast for this year, which would provide a 5% yield on the current share price. And even after the past year's appreciation, the shares are still on a prospective price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of a fairly modest 11.
British Sky Broadcasting
Also on Thursday, we should get third-quarter figures from British Sky Broadcasting Group (LSE: BSY), and that's another company that's had a good year -- this time there's been a gain of a little under 30% over the 12 months.
Results for the six months to December showed a 5% rise in revenue to £3.36bn, leading to an 18% jump in adjusted EPS to 24p per share. And that allowed the TV and telecoms provider to lift its interim dividend by 20% to 9.2p per share.
A similar rise in the company's final dividend would see a full-year payment of around 30p, for a yield of 3.5% on the current share price of 850p. Current earnings forecasts suggest a 12% rise to 57p per share, putting the shares on a P/E of 15.
Royal Bank of Scotland
Then on Friday, it will be first-quarter time for Royal Bank of Scotland Group (LSE: RBS) (NYSE: RBS.US). Although the share price ended 2012 on a high, it has fallen back since the start of 2013 to today's 300p -- that's still a rise of around 25% since this time last year, but the price did hit a rise of more than 50% at one point.
If current City forecasts come true, the bailed-out bank should be back in profit this year, with around £1.5bn coming in. Earnings forecasts indicate EPS of 24p per share -- but individual broker forecasts are all over the place, so it's all looking pretty much like random guesswork at the moment.
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> Alan does not own any shares mentioned in this article.