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On November 5, 2020, ADT (NYSE:ADT) declared a dividend payable on January 4, 2021 to its shareholders. ADT also announced that shareholders on the company's books on or before December 21, 2020 are entitled to the dividend. The stock will then go ex-dividend 1 business day(s) before the record date. The ex-dividend date for ADT is set for December 18, 2020. The company's current dividend payout sits at $0.04, equating to a dividend yield of 2.03% at current price levels.
The Significance Of Ex-Dividend Dates
An ex-dividend date signals when a company's shares cease to trade with its current dividend payout. There is a small intermission period before the company announces a new dividend. Usually, a company's ex-dividend date falls one business day before its record date. Investors should keep this in mind when purchasing stocks because buying them on or after ex-dividend dates does not qualify them to receive the declared payment. Newly declared dividends go to shareholders who have owned that stock before the ex-dividend date. Typically, companies will announce and implement new dividend yields on a quarterly basis.
Understanding ADT's Dividend Payouts And Yields
Over the past year, ADT has experienced no change regarding its dividend payouts and an overall upward trend regarding its yields. Last year on December 12, 2019 the company's payout was $0.04, which has returned to its value today. ADT's dividend yield last year was 1.81%, which has since grown by 0.22%.
Companies use dividend yields in different strategic ways. Some companies may opt to not give yields altogether to reinvest in themselves. Other companies may opt to increase or decrease their yield amounts to control how their shares circulate throughout the stock market.
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