Dividend Policy and Market Performance of Listed Manufacturing Companies in Nigeria

Dividend Policy and Market Performance of Listed Manufacturing Companies in Nigeria

Author by Dr. Grace Ogundajo

Journal/Publisher: Journal Of Accounting And Finance

Volume/Edition: 21

Language: English

Pages: 82 - 95

Abstract

Interest in shareholders’ value is gaining momentum as a result of several recent developments in the
business environment. Basically, it is a critical decision and quite challenging for the managers to decide
on an appropriate and ideal dividend policy to adopt, that will improve shareholders’ wealth. In such
decision dilemma, the managers are faced with the decision of whether to pay dividend or to plough back
distributable earnings into the business. Therefore, this study examined the effect of dividend policy on
shareholders’ wealth. The result of the multiple regression analysis conducted revealed that dividend policy
had significant effect on market price per share; dividend yield exerted significant negative effect on share
price, dividend per share had significant positive effect on share price; while dividend pay-out ratio
negatively but insignificantly influenced market share price. Managers should ensure that optimal decision
is attained in the choice of the portion of distributable profits to be given as returns on shareholders’
investment as this is germane in attaining its wealth maximization objective.


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