# Dividends Paid

Dividends paid or total dividends paid refers to the sum of all cash payments made by a company to its shareholders as a distribution of profits. Dividends are typically paid out on a regular basis, such as quarterly or annually, and are based on the number of shares that an investor owns.

The amount of dividends paid can vary depending on a company's financial performance and its decision to distribute profits to shareholders.

Example:

XYZ Corporation paid a quarterly dividend of \$0.25 per share in the first year, and then increased the dividend to \$0.30 per share in the second year. Assume that there were 1,000,000 shares outstanding during both years.

To calculate the total dividends paid over the two-year period, we would first calculate the dividends paid in each year:

First year:

• Dividend per share per quarter = \$0.25
• Total dividends paid per quarter = \$0.25 x 1,000,000 = \$250,000
• Total dividends paid for the year = \$250,000 x 4 quarters = \$1,000,000

Second year:

• Dividend per share per quarter = \$0.30
• Total dividends paid per quarter = \$0.30 x 1,000,000 = \$300,000
• Total dividends paid for the year = \$300,000 x 4 quarters = \$1,200,000

So the total dividends paid over the two-year period would be the sum of the dividends paid in each year:

Total dividends paid = \$1,000,000 + \$1,200,000 = \$2,200,000

Therefore, XYZ Corporation paid a total of \$2,200,000 in dividends over the two-year period.