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Merck (MRK) Dividends

After years of consistent dividend payments Merck increased its dividend per share again in 2011 and then further in 2012. The most recent payment made by Merck was of $0.43 per share in 3Q of 2013. Year-to-date the company has paid out $1.26 per share in dividends. The dividend yield saw an upward trend which is an indication that the company is focusing on its shareholders and making increased returns to them. The debt to equity ratio of the company has increased in the last fiscal year which might impact returns to shareholders. The trend of the allocation of free cash flow indicates that Merck’s allocation is more inclined towards paying dividends and repurchases over capital investments

Travelers companies (TRV) Dividends

Traveler’s has increased dividend payments in its most recent quarter. The company paid $0.5 per share, which was a 9% increase from its previous payment of $0.46. The estimated dividend per share for the year is $1.96. The company’s dividend yield is 2.52% currently which is 2% lower than the company’s five-year average dividend yield of 2.58%. The company has been consistently growing its dividend which is evident from its five-year average dividend growth of 9.95%. The ability of the company to convert its revenues into cash is shown by the operating cash flows to sales ratio which in was 12.55% in 2012.

Cisco (CSCO) Dividends

Cisco started paying dividends a year ago and is becoming a dividend stock. It has dividend yield of 2.5% and a payout ratio of 33%. The company’s one year dividend growth has been 121%. Currently, it has been paying a quarterly dividend $0.17 with a dividend coverage ratio of 3.5x, though this has declined over the year because of heavy returns to shareholders. The company’s CFO announced that the company will return at least 50% of its free cash flow to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases. Additionally, in first quarter of fiscal year 2014, the management announced an additional share buyback of $15 billion.

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