McDonald’s Raises Quarterly Cash Dividend By 7% And Resumes Share Repurchases.
CHICAGO, IL (StLouisRestaurantReview) Thursday, McDonald’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $1.38 per share of common stock payable on December 15, 2021, to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 1, 2021. This represents a 7% increase over the Company’s previous quarterly dividend and brings the fourth quarter dividend payout to over $1 billion. The dividend increase reflects confidence in the Accelerating the Arches growth strategy and a continued focus on driving long-term profitable growth for all stakeholders.
McDonald’s has a strong history of returning capital to its shareholders and has raised its dividend for 45 consecutive years since paying its first dividend in 1976. The new dividend of $1.38 per share is equivalent to $5.52 annually.
Additionally, the Company announced the resumption of its share repurchase program. The Company is committed to its capital allocation philosophy of reinvesting in the business to drive profitable growth and returning all free cash flow to shareholders over time through a combination of dividends and share repurchases.