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Target Payout Ratios and Dividend Policy: British Evidence

D.E. Allen (Department of Economics and Finance, Curtin University of Technology)

Managerial Finance

ISSN: 0307-4358

Publication date: 1 January 1992

Abstract

This paper features a study of the dividend policies of the larger listed British companies. It focusses on the sample companies' usage of target payout ratios. A company with a target payout is defined as one which has a policy of attempting to pay out a fixed proportion of available earnings as dividends. In particular, it examines the extent of the usage of explicit target payouts, the range of target payouts adopted and the frequency of changes in such targets. It also examines the factors which are perceived to have an influence on the company's choice of these targets. Finally, it extends and parallels previous work by Partington (1984) on the use of target payouts by Australian companies.

Citation

Allen, D.E. (1992), "Target Payout Ratios and Dividend Policy: British Evidence", Managerial Finance, Vol. 18 No. 1, pp. 9-21. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb018440

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