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 British Gas owner Centrica (LSE: CNA) (NASDAQOTH: CPYYY.US).
The table below shows Centrica’s five-year earnings and dividend record.
20082009201020112012 Statutory earnings per share (EPS) -3.3p 16.5p 37.6p 8.2p 24.6p Adjusted EPS 21.7p 21.7p 25.2p 25.8p 27.1p Dividend per share 12.2p 12.8p 14.3p 15.4p 16.4p…