Will ABT be focusing on increasing its dividend from the current pautry new .56 dividend? I know its focus is now growth, but wondering if it will at some point return to its dividend focused history.
Hopefully when the new ABT has it's 1st conference call they will make some statement about how they plan on returning value to shareholders via dividend increases and/or buy backs. If they do not maybe one of the attending analyst's will. I owned COP which spun off its refining business in early 2012 and the new PSX started with a very small dividend. They raised it 2 times in a row, so every quarter was an increase. Apparently this new issue with a possible B&L purchase could also have an impact.
I'm wondering the same thing. What kind of yearly dividend growth are we going to see? I haven't seen any estimates anywhere. All I can find is it's starting at 14 cents a quarter.