Last Month's 2.8 Billion Pound FTSE Dividend

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LONDON -- September was a good month for dividends from FTSE 100 (INDEX: ^FTSE) companies.

Data from S&P Capital IQ indicates no less than 23 members of the blue-chip index went ex-dividend last month to provide nearly a 2.8 billion pound cumulative payout to ordinary investors.

Here are the 23 names and the estimated payments based on each company's "free float" share count:

Share

Dividend per Share (pence)

Payment (millions of pounds)

Admiral

21.3/23.8 special

87

Aggreko

8.3

21

Antofagasta

5.3*

19

ARM

1.7

23

Aviva

10

291

BHP Billiton

35.4*

748

Centrica

4.6

237

Capita

7.9

51

Diageo

26.9

678

Evraz

6.8*

23

G4S

3.4

48

Hargreaves Lansdown

10.7/6.8 special

38

IMI

11.8

38

Kazakhmys

1.9*

4

Land Securities

7.4

58

Melrose

2.6

33

Wm Morrison

3.5

79

Petrofac

13

34

RSA Insurance

3.4

120

Resolution

7.1

95

Shire Pharmaceuticals

1.7

10

Serco

2.7

13

Tullow Oil

4

36

Total

 

2,782


*Converted from U.S. dollars.

The stats support some optimism for dividend seekers, as well as investors backing the wider FTSE 100 through a tracker.

You see, out of all the names in the table, just Kazahkmys cut its dividend, while only Aviva, G4S, Melrose, and Tullow Oil held their payments. And with market newcomer Evraz introducing a maiden dividend, we're left with a superb 17 of the 23 having lifted their payouts.

Particular highlights from the list include Petrofac, which lifted its payment by 21%, ARM, which raised its dividend by 20%, and Aggreko, which hoisted its handout by 15%. Special dividends also came from Admiral and Hargreaves Lansdown.

Trading at around 5,826, the FTSE 100 currently offers a dividend yield of 3.77%. That income does not look too bad, especially in light of the broader payout performance of the 23 names in the table above.

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