What does the BATS dividend increase mean for this high yielder?

Today the Lucky Strikes owner British American Tobacco (LSE: BATS) announced its final results for the past year – including a dividend increase. But the hike was much smaller than I would like. Here is what means for my portfolio. A FTSE 100 high yielder

Tobacco shares commonly have high dividend yields and British American Tobacco is no exception. Its current dividend yield of 6.6% is well in excess of the average for FTSE 100 companies.

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The company’s track record is impressive too. It has raised its dividend annually for over two decades. So today’s increase is simply the latest in a line of rises stretching back to before the start of this century. A tiny rise I was pleased to see the company announce another dividend raise today. But what disappointed me was the paltry size of the rise . At just 1%, it looked tokenistic to me. Revenue grew by 6.9% and diluted earnings per share increased 6%. The company obviously has cash it can return to shareholders, as […]

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