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Philippine Company Stocks with Highest Dividends

Which companies in the Philippines have reported the highest dividends? This is the question I’d like to answer in this article.

What is a dividend?

When you buy a stock from the Philippine Stock Exchange, the dividend is one way that you gain from your investment and earn passive income.

We know that companies earn profit from the business. And they have a choice to put it back into the business for expansion, improving operations, hiring the best talent, etc.

They also have a choice to give part of their profit to their shareholders in the form of dividends. When they do so, it is usually announced via the Philippine Stock Exchange website under Dividends and Rights.

Among investment funds, the First Metro Philippine Equity Exchange Traded Fund (FMETF) also gives out dividends a few years back although that seems to be no longer the trend.

How are dividends paid?

In what way are dividends paid out?

There are several ways that you can get paid.

  • stock
  • cash
  • property

In cash dividends, you get money straight to your account. Your broker will facilitate

In stock dividends, you don’t receive cash. Instead, you will be given more shares in proportion to your investment. The bigger capital you’ve put into the company, the more shares that you get as your dividend. So instead, most companies prefer to give out dividends in the form of cash. It is then credited to your account with your stock broker.

When can you receive the dividends?

There are also four dates that you need to remember.

  • Declaration date
  • Ex-dividend date
  • Record date
  • Payment date

Declaration date is when the Board of Directors informed regulators and the investing public of its plan to issue dividends.

Ex-dividend date is the date set by the stock exchange when the list of stockholders eligible to receive the dividend is finalized. If you want to purchase the stock to get the dividend, then the sale must be done before the ex-dividend date. Buyers on ex-dividend date do not receive dividends, while sellers on ex-dividend date are entitled to get dividends.

Record date is the date set by the company when the names of stockholders who will receive the dividends must be on the books. The ex-dividend is usually a few days before the record date.

Payment date is the date when the dividend is issued.

Dividend Yield

When comparing companies, it is best not to compare them with the amount of dividends that they issue. Why? Because the face value of the amount may not reflect your true return.

Instead, a better way is to compare the dividend yield. The dividend yield is the result of the dividend amount divided by the stock price.

To better understand this, think of Company X whose stock is priced at ₱10, and Company Y priced at ₱20. Suppose that Company X declares P1.50 and Company Y declares ₱2.00 dividends respectively.

Which do you think gives you more money? You would think that it’s Company Y because it’s higher in value.

The math tells a different story.

CompanyPriceDividendYield
X101.515%
Y202.010%

From the table, you can see that you have a better deal with Company X. Your dividend represents 15% of the price you paid for one share. In Company Y, you only receive 10%.

You can also think of it differently. For every peso that you invested, you get 15 cents in dividend under Company X and only 10 cents under Company Y.

Philippine Companies with Highest Dividends

Presented below is the list of the top dividend paying stocks in the Philippines. The data below is grabbed from the aggregate stock website and accuracy is not guaranteed.

Some of the items below are preferred shares as reflected in their names. Please see the company’s latest dividend issuance from the Philippine Stock Exchange.

The companies are arranged from the highest to the lowest dividend yield. The stock prices are updated as of the stock’s last trading day of 2020 and dividends are declared in 2020.

Please take note that these are historical data, and they do not guarantee future results.

NameCash DividendYield
DoubleDragon Properties Corp. Pref.4.8632.61%
Central Azucarera De Tarlac3.6224.73%
COL Financial Group, Inc.0.7020.59%
A. Soriano Corporation0.7511.36%
Premium Leisure Corp.0.0511.24%
Del Monte Pacific Ltd A-1 Pref. (USD)0.999.90%
Del Monte Pacific Ltd A-2 Pref. (USD)0.989.61%
Semirara Mining and Power Corporation1.259.07%
Cirtek Holdings – Pref B-2 (USD)0.068.96%
PLDT, Inc.115.008.58%
DMCI Holdings, Inc.0.488.48%
SPC Power Corporation0.808.15%
Phoenix Petroleum – Non-Voting Pref. 3B8.117.83%
San Miguel Corporation Series 2-C Pref.6.007.69%
Phoenix Petroleum – Perpetual Pref. 475.687.52%
Phoenix Petroleum – Non-Voting Pref. 3A7.437.40%
LT Group, Inc.0.967.33%
Belle Corporation0.127.02%
Megawide Const. Corp. – Perpetual Pref.7.037.00%
Petron Corp. – Perpetual Pref. Series 3A68.716.80%
Petron Corp. – Perpetual Pref. Series 2B68.586.66%
San Miguel Corporation Series 2-F Pref.5.116.61%
San Miguel Corporation Series 2-G Pref.4.936.50%
Petron Corp. – Perpetual Pref. Series 3B71.386.41%
Arthaland Corp. Perpetual Pref ”C”6.936.30%
San Miguel Corporation Series 2-E Pref.4.746.29%
San Miguel Corporation Series 2-I Pref.4.756.18%
Century Properties Group, Inc. Pref. A6.726.11%
San Miguel Corporation Series 2-H Pref.4.746.08%
Shang Properties, Inc.0.165.90%
Philippine Savings Bank3.005.49%
Nickel Asia Corporation0.305.36%
Filinvest Land, Inc.0.065.36%
Globe Telecom, Inc.107.995.32%
First Phil. Holdings Corp. Series C Pref27.505.31%
Arthaland Corp. Perpetual Pref ”B”5.285.22%
Manila Electric Company15.095.17%
Ayala Corp. Class ”B” Series 1 Pref.26.255.05%
GMA Network, Inc.0.305.00%
Cebu Landmasters, Inc0.254.95%
GT Capital Non-Voting Perpetual Pref ”B”50.954.95%
Union Bank of the Philippines3.504.87%
Pryce Corporation0.244.79%
Ayala Corp. Class ”B” Pref. Shares24.114.68%
GT Capital Non-Voting Perpetual Pref ”A”46.304.63%
RFM Corporation0.214.62%
Asian Terminals, Inc.0.704.49%
Asia United Bank Corporation2.004.45%
Aboitiz Power Corporation1.184.44%
San Miguel Corporation Series 2-D Pref.3.344.44%
City and Land Developers, Inc.0.034.11%
China Banking Corporation1.004.01%
Metro Retail Stores Group, Inc.0.064.00%
Phinma Corporation0.404.00%
Cityland Development Corporation0.033.70%
PTFC Redevelopment Corporation1.503.56%

Should you buy company stocks with dividends?

Again as with all things related to investment, buying dividend-paying stocks is a personal choice.

Advantages of dividend

Of course, when you receive a dividend the benefit is immediately clear.

You get something in return for your capital. Your investment increases not only through the appreciation of the stock price, but also with the dividend that you receive.

Purchasing stocks with high dividends can also be a way to diversify your portfolio.

Most of the companies that give out dividends are usually utility companies like power, water, or telecommunication. They may be stable and mature companies with arguably less room to expand and in regulated industries, but they do have lots of recurring income that they can afford to give away.

It is also used as an indicator that the business is doing well because it can afford to distribute part of its profit to shareholders.

Disadvantages of dividend

Here are some of its disadvantages.

  • Tax. Upon receiving dividends, you would be taxed at 10%.
  • Non-guaranteed. They also vary depending on the income of the company. The schedule of distribution—that is, the date when it is going to be issued—is also not guaranteed. So they may not be as reliable as interest earned in savings accounttime deposit, bonds or long term negotiable certficate of deposit (LTNCD).
  • Non-compounding. Cash dividend is money that is deposited to your account, and it’s not going to earn any interest or help in getting compounding return from your investment. So it’s up to you to invest it back, which when you do would then incur charges that further diminishes your capital.
  • Less business capital. Dividends take away money that could’ve been reinvested back to the business. This is the reason some investors would prefer to not receive dividend at all. They might want the company to use all the profits in a way that would improve the business like pouring funds into research and development, purchasing state-of-the-art technology, expanding in new markets, hiring great talents, etc. All of these would translate to more value for shareholders, which in the long run is reflected on the increase of the price of the stock.
  • Hype. Another factor to look into is that a struggling company might announce a huge dividend pay-out to attract investors and inflate its stock price. After the hype, you may be left with a company stock that has little fundamental worth.
  • Liquidity. Some stocks might have liquidity issue. It might be difficult to buy or sell them should you choose to.

How do you receive dividends?

Now that you’ve seen the potential income derived from the dividends issued by the Philippine publicly-listed companies, how do you receive them?

First of all, you need to invest in the stock market, and then you buy any of the stocks on the Philippine Stocks Exchange that you think would give away part of their earnings to shareholders.

See some of the steps that you need to take.

  • Proof of identity. Prepare valid ID card.
  • TIN. You’d most likely be asked a tax identification number to get started.
  • Starting capital. Check with the broker on the required minimum capital outlay to start your account.
  • Buy. Your broker must give you a guide or help you understand how to navigate the trading portal and how to make orders. Once you know the basic functions, you can now purchase any of the dividend-paying stocks. You can refer to the list above, or you can also see this complete list of stocks. (If you’re curious, here is also the best-performing stocks.)
  • Be in the know. You can read business pages of newspapers, announcements from companies whose shares you bought, PSE news, etc. to know dividend schedule.
  • Credit. Any dividend due to you will be credited to your account. Check with your broker on how you can withdraw the money. Alternatively, you can also use that to fund your next trade.

Where can you find announcement for dividends?

There are many ways to be informed of any future dividends. Your stock broker may provide real-time market news and advisories, including dividend issuance by publicly-listed corporations.

Alternatively, you can also find coverage on business pages of major broadsheets and newspapers.

And another way is to get information directly from the Philippines Stocks Exchange Dividends and Rights.

The data is arranged chronologically. However, you have the option to arrange them either ascending or descending order by clicking either “Date” or “Company” with the arrow icons on the upper-right side of the table.

The table contains the following information:

  • Name of the company
  • Type of security, which is the ticker (symbol as it appears on the exchange) of the common stock or preferred shares. Only shareholders of such security would receive the dividends.
  • Type of dividends whether it is cash, stock, or property.
  • Dividend rate specifies the amount (cash), percentage (stocks), or number of property dividend.
  • Important dates that show the schedule leading to the pay-out.
  • Circular Number that leads to the specific information of the announcement.

When you click the Circular Number, a small pop-up window shows up. It contains the SEC Form 17-C that describes the disclosure submitted by the Company to the regulatory body regarding the issuance.

It simply repeats the data found and summarized on the PSE Dividends and Rights table such as amount, dates, the security, etc.

Other important things are company information (headquarter, contact, address, etc.), date of report, all classes of securities including stocks and bonds the company issued, the date the Board of Directors’ approval, and the source of dividend payment.