Here you will find information about how and when dividends are paid by Unilever, together with historical dividends paid, and information on the dividend reinvestment plans that both companies provide to their respective shareholders.
When does Unilever declare its dividends?
Following shareholder approval at the 2009 Annual General Meetings, Unilever moved to quarterly dividends in 2010 establishing a simpler and more transparent dividend practice. The dates that the dividends are declared are different each year, so please click on the Dividend Calendar link under related links to the right of this page to view the relevant dates for this year.
When are the dividends paid?
When a dividend on the ordinary shares is to be paid, the payment date on all four listings for Unilever N.V. and Unilever PLC will be the same. Dividends are paid in March, June, September and December. To view the dates please click on Dividend Calendar under related links to the right of this page.
The dividend on the Unilever N.V. 6% and 7% cumulative preference shares is normally paid early October.
Dividend on the Unilever N.V. shares is paid in Euros and is subject to Dutch tax law. Dividend on the Unilever PLC shares is paid in sterling and is subject to UK tax law. Dividend on the Unilever N.V. New York registry shares and on the Unilever PLC ADRs is converted into and paid in US dollars.
When will the dividends be paid this year?
The dates that the dividends are paid are different each year, so please click on the Dividend Calendar link under related links to the right of this page, in order to view the relevant dates for this year.
How are the dividends equalised?
Dividends are determined in Euros and the Euro interim dividend amount will be converted into equivalent Sterling and US Dollar amounts using the spot rates of exchange two days before the announcement date.
Where can I find out what dividends were paid in previous years?
The dividends paid on all four of our stocks are provided since 1999 within the relevant "share dividend history" links to the right of this page.
Dividend reinvestment - instead of receiving a cash dividend, can I reinvest my dividend to buy shares in Unilever?
Yes you can. Both Unilever N.V. and Unilever PLC offer dividend reinvestment plans that are a convenient, easy way to build your shareholding by using your cash dividends to buy additional shares. Further information on each scheme is provided by clicking on the relevant link to the right of this page.
What is the dividend fee on PLC ADRS?
With effect from the dividend payable in June 2014 we will be charging an annual fee of $0.02 per PLC ADR share, or $0.005 per share on each of the four quarterly dividends. This fee will offset part of the aggregate costs incurred in the US programme.
Background: In 2006 the rules relating to ADRs changed to allow a fee to be deducted from dividends to offset costs incurred. There has been an increasing trend of companies charging fees - around half of all ADRs now charge fees. The average annual charge is around $0.025. At this stage, we are only charging a fee on the PLC ADRs. We would charge a fee on the NV NY shares if we could, but there are some legal difficulties to doing this.