Many top FTSE 100 companies are currently offering dividends that knock spots off the interest you can get from cash or bonds.
In this festive series of articles, I’m assessing how the companies measure up as income-generators, by looking at dividends past, dividends present and dividends yet to come.
Today, it’s the turn of Imperial Tobacco Group (LSE: IMT) (NASDAQOTH: ITYBY.US).
The table below shows Imperial Tobacco’s five-year earnings and dividend record.
2008/92009/102010/112011/122012/13 Adjusted EPS 161.8p 178.8p 188.0p 201.0p 210.7p Dividend per share 73.0p 84.3p 95.1p 105.6p 116.4p Dividend growth 15.7% 15.5% 12.8% 11.0% 10.2%