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AIM dividends set to fall by at least a third in 2020 following a record 2019 as COVID-19 crisis bites into company profits

2019 saw record dividends on AIM

  • Payouts jumped to a record £1.33bn in 2019, up 16.7% year-on-year on a headline basis

Q2 2020 and the impact of COVID-19

  • Q2 payouts fell by a third, even after allowing for one-off dividends, takeovers and companies being promoted to the main market
  • Two fifths of Q2 payers cancelled dividends outright and another tenth cut them, though some of the causes pre-dated COVID-19
  • AIM dividends fell less than the main market, which saw underlying payouts halve – but this must be set in the context of the annual growth trend of 18% on AIM

 

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