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Chubb (CB) Boosts Shareholder Value, Hikes Dividend by 4%

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The board of directors of Chubb Limited (CB - Free Report) recently approved a hike in its quarterly dividend. The company will now pay out a dividend of 78 cents per share compared with 75 cents paid on Jul 12, 2019, which reflects an increase of 4%.

Shareholders of record as of Jun 19, 2020 will receive the increased quarterly dividend of 78 cents ($3.12 on an annualized basis) on Jul 10, 2020.

Prior to this, in May 2019, it hiked annual dividend by 2.5%, which marked the 26th straight year of dividend hike.

This recent hike marked the 27th consecutive dividend increase by the company. Chubb has a stellar track of paying quarterly dividends and raising its payout each year. Chubb has more than doubled its quarterly dividend since 2010, reflecting sustained solid operational performance. Based on the closing price of $104.61 as of May 20, the company’s dividend yield is 2.9%, much above the industry average of 1.2%. Notably, the company has consistently hiked its dividend with the metric witnessing a five-year CAGR (2014-2019) of 8.45%.

Apart from continuous dividend increases, Chubb aggressively buys back shares to boost its bottom line. In the first quarter of 2020, the company bought back shares worth $326 million. The company still has $1.12 billion remaining under its share repurchase authorization.

Board members of RLI Corp. (RLI - Free Report) — another property and casualty insurer which also aims at enhancing shareholder value via dividend hikes — approved an increase in its quarterly payout by 4.3%.

Shares of this Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) property and casualty insurer have underperformed the industry in the past year. The stock has lost 29.4% compared with the industry’s decline of 18.6%. Nevertheless, the company’s expanded capabilities, strategic growth initiatives and effective capital deployment should help the stock sustain momentum.

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