Abbott added to its more than 90-year dividend track-record today by declaring our 375th consecutive quarterly dividend.
When a corporation earns a profit or a surplus, it can reinvest it in the business and/or distribute it to shareholders. One way to distribute these profits is by paying a cash dividend to shareholders.
If you own shares, you will receive a payout each time the company pays a dividend. You can also choose to receive your dividend in the form of cash or reinvest it by purchasing additional shares of stock.
Companies that have annually increased their dividend payout for at least 25 consecutive years are included on the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index. Abbott is a member of this elite group of companies, marking 45 consecutive years of dividend increases.
According to a Morgan Stanley study, dividends accounted for nearly 42 percent of the total return of the S&P 500 stock market index from 1930 to 2012.
Abbott: Consistently Delivering Value
We have continued to take deliberate steps to shape our business and Abbott is well-positioned for growth. The integration of St. Jude Medical is on track and our pipeline is strong, demonstrating Abbott’s sound strategy to shape the company for long-term success.
Today, all of Abbott’s four core businesses – devices, diagnostics, nutrition and medicines – hold leading positions in large and growing markets.
Innovation is also adding to Abbott’s strength. The company is experiencing a golden age of innovation. Not only are we addressing important unmet medical needs with our breakthrough inventions, we are also creating value for our shareholders for the long-term.
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