LONDON -- The shares of BP
The FTSE 100 member said its third-quarter payout had been raised to $0.09 per share. BP's dividend had previously been running at $0.08 per quarter this year, and $0.07 per quarter during 2011.
At a an exchange rate of 1 pound to $1.60, a $0.09 per share per quarter payout could mean the annualized dividend may be around 22.5 pence per share. For context, BP's full-year payout was approximately 35 pence per share prior to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The spill prompted BP to suspend the payout for nine months during 2010.
Today's dividend news from BP accompanied third-quarter results that showed an underlying replacement cost profit of $5.2 billion. The performance compared with a $3.7 billion figure for the second quarter and a $5.5 billion result from the third quarter of 2011.
Production during July, August, and September came to 2.26 million barrels of oil a day. Operating cash flow for the quarter was $6.3 billion, while net debt now stands at $32 billion.
BP's chief executive, Bob Dudley, said:
BP's performance and the strong progress we are making in transforming the company give us the confidence to increase distributions to our shareholders. We are on track with our strategy to 2014 and are laying the right foundations for sustainable growth during the coming decade.
Based on today's lifted dividend, BP's shares currently offer a potential 5.1% income Indeed, the company is just one of a number of FTSE large caps that offers a dividend yield well ahead of what you can expect to receive from a standard savings account.
For further high-dividend possibilities, this special Motley Fool report -- "8 Popular Dividend Shares Held By Britain's Super Investor" -- reveals the favorite yield stocks held by market-beating City stock-picker Neil Woodford. The report, which also explains the logic behind Woodford's decisions, is free to download today and comes with no further obligation.
Are you looking to profit as a long-term investor? "10 Steps to Making a Million in the Market" is the latest Motley Fool guide to help Britain invest. Better. We urge you to read the report today -- while it's still free and available.
Further Motley Fool investment opportunities:
Maynard Paton does not own shares of any company mentioned. The Motley Fool does not own shares of any company mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.
We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.
More from The Motley Fool
Why These 2 Big Oil Stocks Jumped in October
They surprised some investors by leaving their U.S.-based peers in the dust.
BP Just Beat the Rest of Big Oil to a Big Milestone
With the announcement that it will start to buy back shares again, BP wants to show that it's in the best shape among integrated oil and gas companies.
Why This Surprise Play Is Huge for ExxonMobil
The oil industry giant -- and its smaller partner, Hess -- took a big gamble in South America. They hit the jackpot.