Much to shareholders' delight, Johnson Controls International plc JCI announced that its board has approved a hike in quarterly cash dividend on common stock to 26 cents per share from the earlier payout of 25 cents. This revised dividend will be paid on Jan 12, 2018 to shareholders of record as of Dec 18, 2017.
On a sequential basis, the dividend raise represents an increase of one cent or 4%. Notably, the company has been paying regular quarterly dividends to its shareholders since 1987.
Johnson Controls is focused on enhancing shareholders' value by pursuing aggressive share repurchases and increasing dividend payouts. In fiscal 2017, it repurchased 15.7 million shares for $651 million and paid a total cash dividend of $702 million.
Johnson Controls International PLC Price and Consensus
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Headquartered in Milwaukee, WI, the company offers efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next-generation transportation systems to its customers in more than 150 countries.
In the last six months, shares of Johnson Controls have underperformed the industry it belongs to. The stock has lost 9.7% compared with the industry's 4.8% decline during the period.
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Johnson Controls carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
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Volvo has an expected long-term growth rate of 15%. In the last six months, shares of the company have been up 25%.
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Wabco has an expected long-term growth rate of 15%. In the last six months, shares of the company have been up 12.7%.
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