Unilever Dividend History | 1929 – 2021

Unilever is a core-holding in my dividend growth portfolio and rightly so. The company offers an attractive combination of dividend yield (3.65% – March 2021) and dividend growth (5.3% 5 year average). But what really stands out to me is the full Unilever dividend history, because Unilever has been paying dividends since 1929. This is extra-ordinary and even more so when comparing it to other European Dividend Aristocrats.

What also stands out is the transparency of the company. They have published almost every annual report from 1929 until now and this is why I was able to collect the full Unilever dividend history. I simply opened up all the annual reports to data scrape every dividend announcement that I could find.

Having said that, it took me quite a bit of time, because I had to calculate most of the dividends back into today’s currency. Therefore I think that this is the most comprehensive Unilever dividend history overview that you will find on the internet.

Before you have a look at the Unilever dividend history, don’t forget to also look at my special addition of the frequently asked questions: the Dividend Growth Investor way. You will find it towards the bottom of this post and it addresses questions that are common to every dividend growth investor, but uncommon to be published by for instance Unilever investor relations.

Having said that and without further ado, hereby the full Unilever dividend history for both the tickers ULVR (London) and UNA (Amsterdam).

Read more: Unilever share price drop – is this a buying opportunity?

Unilever Dividend History

1. UNA stock [Amsterdam]

Unilever dividend history 1929 - 2021 for the una stock
Note: 2009 year in graph adjusted to show growth. See note below next table for rationale.

UNA Dividend History | full table

2. ULVR stock [London]

ULVR Dividend History | full table

Frequently Asked Questions – the DGI way

Most FAQ’s on investor relations websites are not designed to answer questions from Dividend Growth Investors. Let met therefore present you with an alternative FAQ. If you miss any question in here, let me know!

Frequently asked questions

Does Unilever pay a dividend?

Is Unilever dividend qualified?

What is Unilever dividend payout ratio?

Since when does Unilever pay a dividend?

What is Unilever’s dividend growth streak?

Did Unilever cut its dividend?

What was the average yearly dividend growth per decade?

Did Unilever pay any special dividends?

What did Unilever do with its dividend during past recessions?

When does Unilever pay dividends?

When does Unilever announce its new quarterly dividend?

Is Unilever dividend safe?

Conclusion about Unilever dividend history

In conclusion, it was a very nice exercise to collect the full Unilever dividend history. I find the company extra-ordinary and I don’t really know any other company other than Nestle with such a long dividend growth track record.

The recent consolidation of the Headquarters into the United Kingdom will in my opinion not change this as can be seen in their latest dividend announcement.

Having said that, this analysis also gave me lots of other very interesting insights about what was going on in those times and how the board of directors looked at a given situation.

Actually, maybe the most interesting piece of information that I found can be seen in below snippit.

Source: 1939 annual review and accounts, page 1

“It is not known whether or not the board of that company (Unilever NV) have recommended that dividend”.

Can you imagine that happening today? These must have been crazy times!

Having said that, I hope that you found this Unilever dividend history post useful and interesting as well. I did a lot of data crunching, so I wouldn’t be surprised if I made a small mistake somewhere. Please let me know if this is the case and I will correct it as soon as possible.

I also believe that this is probably the most comprehensive overview of dividend history from Unilever that you will find available online. It took me a lot of effort and I have shared all the data with you so that you can perform your own analysis.

However, I would very much appreciate it if you post a link to this blog post in case you are using this data set for your own analysis and articles.

Yours Truly,

— European Dividend Growth Investor

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