On March 24, 2021, City Office REIT CIO declared a dividend payable on April 23, 2021 to its shareholders. City Office REIT also announced that shareholders on the company's books on or before April 9, 2021 are entitled to the dividend. The stock will then go ex-dividend 1 business day(s) before the record date. City Office REIT, which has a current dividend per share of $0.15, has an ex-dividend date scheduled for April 8, 2021. That equates to a dividend yield of 5.85% at current price levels.
The Significance Of Ex-Dividend Dates
Ex-dividend dates are when company shares stop trading with their current dividend payouts in preparation for those companies to announce new ones. Usually, a company's ex-dividend date falls one business day before its record date. Investors should keep this in mind when purchasing stocks because buying them on or after ex-dividend dates does not qualify them to receive the declared payment. Newly declared dividends go to shareholders who have owned that stock before the ex-dividend date. Typically, companies will announce and implement new dividend yields on a quarterly basis.
Understanding City Office REIT's Dividend Payouts And Yields
Over the past year, City Office REIT has experienced no change regarding its dividend payouts and a downward trend regarding its yields. Last year on April 8, 2020 the company's payout was $0.15, which has returned to its value today. City Office REIT's dividend yield last year was 8.32%, which has since decreased by 2.47%.
Companies use dividend yields in different strategic ways. Some companies may opt to not give yields altogether to reinvest in themselves. Other companies may opt to increase or decrease their yield amounts to control how their shares circulate throughout the stock market.
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