DIVIDEND POLICIES (A CASE STUDY OF SOME QUOTED COMPANIES LISTED IN NIGERIA STOCK EXCHANGE)
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
Dividend policies decision is concerned with the determination of the corporate earnings that is generated through the successful operation of the company in a financial year, which is to distribute among the key players that ensure the realization of the successful outcome of he operation of the organization and the amount of the proportion of this earnings to be retained.
Dividend earnings decision policy is widely considered in the business world as strategic in corporate finance as well as corporate performance and growth. Dividend policy directly influences the behavioural pattern of the investor ie. Shareholders. Because the purchaser of the company i.e shareholder actually buys a dividend expectation; because of the dividend policy decision implication on the behavioural pattern of the shareholder be it positive or negative the corporate world impose the responsibility of this great task of he boardroom affairs.
Dividend policy decision as a tool in the strategic corporate finance as well corporate performance and growth affect the share price as well as cost of capital. In other words on option dividend policy is the policy that maximizes the wealth of shareholder.
Due to obvious reasons shareholders consider impotence to dividend. The importance that the individual shareholder places on dividends depends on his level of wealth and preference for capital gains amongst others. In an environment with progressive personnel income taxes the individual with more wealth will tend to profess capital appreciation on shares then dividend. At a lower level of income the capital gain tax rate is higher then the personal income tax rates however the reverse is the case with increased income. The wealthy individual among the diverse shareholders may then prefer capital appreciation on his share due to the at mentioned reasons.
Though the bulk of he shareholder nay not be in this category the company is then placed in a situation of reconciling the difference or taking the potion that seems more favovrable to the company. This is ht some things as saying that the management of the company will take the option that optimizes the value of he company’s shares.
It is often claimed that the company’s investment decisions and dividend decision are independent of the shareholder’s decision. It should be noted that this might not be entirely true some there is replay procedures that protected the aggrieved shareholders.
Beside these the shareholders might exercises their right through the selling of their shares on the stock exchange and this has negative consequences on the value of the company’s share in the market which in turn affect the fortune of he company.
The primary aim of this research work is to find out whether the in dividend pays out stimulates responses on shares value. It is believes in some garters that the dividend pay out has something to do with value of shares yet some people stated otherwise. Dividend in this content means the amount distributed to shareholders of a company by way of return investment that are not so interested in the measure of soundless of he company. This issue is even more pronounced when criticism that are normally levied against accounting measure of profitability are mentioned.
There are many criticisms regarding the measure of profitability in the accounting sense. E.g. profit measurement by accountant depends on the assumption and policies used. Hence the ability of he company to pay dividend can be stated to measure the sounded and profitability of a company.
1.2 STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
Though dividend policies decision is guided by legal framework as prescription in the company and allied matters decree (CAMD) of 1990 as to what constitute dividend in the corporate rate earning and the method in which the dividend policies decision can be taken.
Although there are many constraints inherent in dividend policies research work reveals other factors to be considered in order to determine and study will only concern on two opposing view or argument associated with dividends policy decision.
These arguments can be highlighted as thus:
i. IRRELEVANT ARGUMENT/ SCHOOL OF THOUGHT
This posted that given the investment decision of the firm the dividend pay out is a merely details that dividends policies does not affect the wealth of the shareholders that is it is of need.
ii. RELEVANT ARGUMENT
Posited that high tax payer prefer low dividend yield while institutional investor who do not pay tax prefer high yield or profit
1.3 OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY
The objective of he study include the following:
i. To analyze the basic models of share valuation with a view to answering such question as what are their simikritics and difference what is the extent to which dividend payout affect the value of shares of source listed companies etc.
ii. To determine whether Education in dividend have anything to do with the value of shares.
iii. To show whether any of the shares valuation models cannot with reality
1.4 STATEMENT OF THE HYPOTHESIS
An hypotheses is a statement of fact to study put forward by a researcher as a starting point for reasoning to guide him in human research work which may be true or false valid or otherwise if he data collected by the research indicated that majority support the fact that is valid it is therefore accepted otherwise it is not and hence rejected for the purpose of this research of study the major hypothesis considered are.
H0: Fluctuation in dividend payout by some listed companies has effect on the value of shares.
H1: Fluctuation in dividend payout by some listed companies has no effect on the value of shares.
1.5 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
The research work is intended to be of food use to anybody involved in the process of dividend payments and receipt. For example companies management and investor. The study by analyzing some dividend share valuation models intention show the logic behind these modems.
There is no doubt that some shareholders will be expecting high dividend some might be different and source even prefer no dividend situation. In fact some attend annual (general) meeting (ACM) in other to know the actual dividend declare for the year.
However it is beneficial to the companies in the policy making such as follows.
i. It enhance the image the organization e.g financial soundness
ii. It will attract investors
iii. Increase market shores prices
iv. Room for expansion
v. It increase and enabling the sources for fund in the capital market.
The study will be reference sources to future researchers
1.6 SCOPE OF THE STUDY
As a result of the fact that the possibility of obtaining internal information is very remote data analysis will be restricted to facts obtained from listed company’s published financial statement and stock exchange daily official lists.
The study looks at the patterns of some shares before dividends are declared and the behaviour of such shares to the public and investors as a whole. This is with a view to identifying whether shores prices respond to dividend declaration and payout.
The day in which dividend are approved for payment by the shareholders at the annual general meeting is assumed to be the day that such dividends are declared and the day when dividend warrants are posted to respective shareholder is regarded as the payout day.
1.7 LIMITATION OF STUDY
This study will concern itself with situation in the stock market as they relate to the year 1998 1999 2001, 2002.
The research work will limit itself to only principles of dividends terms and abbreviations as they effect the scope of shoes value.
1.8 DEFINITION OF TERM
i. E.P.S (earning per shore) this is the profit after tax of a company dividend by the number of shores in issued and ranking for dividend.
ii. Profit after tax: That is number of shores in issued and ranking for dividend
iii. Price earning ratio: It shows the ratio of earning to the market value of shores.
iv. Interim dividend: This is a dividend a company prior the end of its financial year.
v. Payout ratio: This is the proportion of total earning (after tax) that is distributed as dividends.
vi. Mm: Modigliani and Miller: There are two professors of finance who made extensive research on dividend policy and capital structure.