January dividend forecasts – Unilever, Diageo, British American Tobacco & Imperial Brands

Dividend forecast Unilever Diageo British American tobacco Imperial Brands

Today, I’m looking at the latest dividend forecasts for Unilever, Diageo, British American Tobacco and Imperial Brands.

As analysts’ dividend estimates constantly fluctuate, it pays to review them every so often.

All figures are sourced from Stockopedia.

Unilever

Analysts currently expect Unilever (LON: ULVR) to pay the following dividends:

2017 – €1.42 per share

2018 – €1.55 per share

At the current share price of 4,090p, those payouts equate to yields of 3.1% and 3.4%.

Over the last month, analysts have downgraded their 2017 dividend estimate by €0.003 and downgraded their 2018 estimate by €0.004.  

Diageo

Analysts currently expect Diageo (LON: DGE) to pay the following dividends:

2018 – 66.9p per share

2019 – 70.9p per share

At the current share price of 2,660p, those payouts equate to yields of 2.5% and 2.7%.

Over the last month, analysts have upgraded their 2018 dividend estimate by 0.43p and upgraded their 2019 dividend estimate by 0.13p.

British American Tobacco

Analysts currently expect British American Tobacco (LON: BATS) to pay the following dividends:

2017 – 183.8p per share

2018 – 198.5p per share

At the current share price of 4,960p, those payouts equate to yields of 3.7% and 4.0%.

Over the last month, analysts have downgraded their 2017 dividend estimate by 0.41p and downgraded their 2018 estimate by 1.72p.

Imperial Brands

Analysts currently expect Imperial Brands (LON: IMB) to pay the following dividends:

2018 – 188.1p per share

2019 – 205.6p per share

At the current share price of 3,170p, those payouts equate to yields of 5.9% and 6.5%.

Over the last month, analysts have upgraded their 2018 dividend estimate by 0.048p and downgraded their 2019 estimate by 0.65p.

Which stock offers the best dividend value?

While I rate all four companies highly, Imperial Brands remains my preferred pick of the four right now. I listed the stock as one of my top dividend picks for 2018.

The dividend champion has increased its dividend by 10% for nine consecutive years now and the payout looks set for further strong growth in the medium term.

The high dividend yield on offer looks to be a fantastic opportunity for dividend investors, in my opinion.

Disclosure: Edward Sheldon, CFA owns shares in Imperial Brands and Diageo.

This article is provided for general information only and is not intended to be investment advice. The value of an investment may fall. The investments referred to in this article may not be suitable for all investors, and if in doubt, an investor should seek advice from a qualified investment adviser.

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