Walmart's yield is growing steadily since its first dividend payout back in 1974. The graphs on the yield show its constant growth below one percent until the beginning part of 2000 where it is now hanging around at three percent. The indicators say that it's a solid dividend.
A quarterly dividend of Walmart falls at $0.50 or a $2 total payout per year. As the company reports last Feb. 21, 2017, the payout ratio is 47 percent. Dividends may slow down a bit this year as Walmart is zooming its sights on the e-commerce aspect of the business. It is lagging behind a fierce competitor, Amazon.
Walmart is a retail giant that operates as a chain of hypermarkets, department stores with discounts, and mostly of grocery stores. It is trying to close the gap of competition between main protagonist Amazon by buying into websites and businesses. Walmart's brand of business was not so pleasant before with its approach to certain matters that affects its corporate image.
Protests come for low wages, engaging in anti-competitive approaches, and anti-labor policies. It has been a mocking entity by comedians and a label of undesirability tagged to its name.
The entry of its new CEO Doug McMillion is altering all that. The belief is now changing as the company is now raising wages, settling its government violations, resolving the Arkansas LGBT case, keeping stores clean and tidy, stocking of shelves are key to performance that could help boost Walmart's market position, as reported by Motley Fool.
As of this writing, Walmart sits at $72.00 at the New York Stock Exchange (WMT: NYSE ). It still is on the stage of mergers and acquisition of businesses to beef up its muscle on the e-commerce market, as reported by Market Watch.
Walmart's recent purchases are Jet.com at $3 billion, Moosejaw, an online outdoor gear retailer for $51 million and Shoebuy, an online footwear seller. With the acquisition, Walmart has now 35 million different items on its shelf and sales rising to 29 percent. The sales figure is on a single digit performance a few quarters back before the mergers, reports Fortune.