T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. ( TROW Quick Quote TROW - Free Report) has announced a special dividend of $3 per share. The dividend will be paid on Jul 7, to shareholders of record as of Jun 25, 2021.
In fact, the investment management company had last paid a special cash dividend in 2015.
The company's chair and CEO, William J. Stromberg, commented, "This special cash dividend is an efficient return of capital to our stockholders and reflects the healthy cash position on our balance sheet. After the special dividend payment, the company's balance sheet will remain very strong, with ample liquidity to continue to execute on our business strategy. In addition, we believe that the payment of the special cash dividend will not have a material impact on the company's ability to meet its ongoing financial needs, continue our outstanding dividend record for the foreseeable future, or maintain a buffer against market volatility."
T. Rowe Price has been consistently enhancing shareholders’ value through solid capital-deployment activities. This February, the company hiked its quarterly common stock dividend by 20% to $1.08 per share, marking the 35th consecutive annual dividend increase. Based on last day’s closing price of $22.77, the company’s dividend yield currently stands at 18.97%. This yield is not only attractive for income investors but also represents a steady income stream.
Besides, in February 2020, its board of directors increased the common share repurchase authorization by 10 million shares, bringing the total authorization to 22.4 million shares. In the first quarter of 2021, the company’s stock repurchases amounted to $267.6 million. This reflects T. Rowe Price’s strong cash-generation capabilities.
T. Rowe Price’s capital-deployment activities are backed by its solid liquidity position. The company remains debt free with substantial liquidity that includes cash and sponsored portfolio investment holdings of $6.86 billion, as of Mar 31, 2021. This has aided in strengthening the company’s capital leverage and generating a return on earnings that is substantially higher than the industry average. These growth drivers also pave the way for an industry-leading dividend yield, thereby creating ample investor confidence and scope for investment and growth opportunities in the future.
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T. Rowe Price’s net revenues saw a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.7% over the last five years (2016-2020). Additionally, the company remains focused on fortifying business through several planned initiatives, and improving its technology platform and deriving long-term cost efficiencies.
Further, the company has recorded earnings growth rate of 19.39% over the last three to five years. Its expected long-term EPS growth is 12.7%. T. Rowe Price’s ROE of 33.97% compared with the industry average of 15.46% highlights its commendable position over peers.
T. Rowe Price’s shares have gained 18.8% over the last six months compared with 26.1% growth registered by the
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