Metals and mining major Vedanta on Tuesday announced a third interim dividend of Rs 19.5 per equity share, resulting in an outflow of Rs 6,505 crore. The company said that its board of directors had approved the dividend payout, whose record date has been fixed for November 30.
So far, the Anil-Agarwal-led firm has announced three rounds of dividends in FY23, taking its total dividend payout this year to Rs 25,465 crore. This is ahead of its total dividend paid in FY22, which stood at Rs 16,740 crore, according to data compiled by BS Research Bureau.
Ratings agency Moody’s had said in a recent report that the holding company (Vedanta Resources) had set a target of $4 billion (or Rs 32,000 crore) by way of deleveraging in the next three years.
Vedanta’s London-based parent company Vedanta Resources had, incidentally, discontinued its ratings engagement with Moody’s this month, after the latter had slashed its debt to junk, saying fundraising efforts by the parent would take longer than expected.
In April, Vedanta had announced an interim dividend of Rs 31.5 per share, resulting in an outflow of Rs 11,710 crore. Of this, Rs 8,162 crore was received by its holding company Vedanta Resources. The second interim dividend of Rs 19.5 per share was announced in July, resulting in an outflow of Rs 7,250 crore.
Vedanta, for the uninitiated, was the top dividend-paying firm in FY22, followed by companies such as TCS, ONCG, HCL Technologies, Indian Oil Corporation, Hindustan Unilever, Hindustan Zinc, ITC, SBI and Reliance Industries among others in the top 20 list.
Shares of Vedanta ended trade on Tuesday at Rs 310.05 apiece on the BSE, marginally up over the previous day’s close at 0.71 per cent. Its market capitalisation, basis Tuesday’s close, stood at Rs 1.15 trillion.