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Knowledge guide to dividend information

Our in-depth guide to dividend information focuses on the sources for current and historic dividend payments including print sources held in the collection of the ICAEW Library & Information Service.

What's on this page?

  • Dividend data in the Library collection
  • Alternative sources
  • Online sources

LIS collection

UK and Irish Dividend and Interest Record

The UK and Irish Dividend and Interest Record from ICE Data Services is the most comprehensive record of all dividend and interest announcements for securities listed on the London Stock Exchange (including AIM) and the Irish Stock Exchange.

Each annual volume is broken down into:-

  • UK and Irish listed securities 
  • Authorised unit trusts and Open ended Investment companies

The library holds a complete set of the annual volumes from 1982/83 to the current tax year, with a loose-leaf updating service that adds the latest dividends, unit trust distributions, and British Government stocks on a quarterly basis.

Only the most recent volumes are held on the library shelves in the Business Centre, with the earlier volumes held in an off-site store. If you wish to consult the earlier volumes in person please let us know ahead of your visit so that we can have these ready for you. Alternatively, the enquiry team can check these volumes for you to find the information you need. 

Dividend record 1967/68-1981/82

Extel Statistical Services Ltd published the annual volume Dividend Record prior to 1982/83 and the library holds a complete set from 1967/68 to 1981/82. All volumes are held in an off-site store. 

Alternative sources

Stubbs Securities Taxation/Securities Taxation Service

An alternative source for dividends was first published in 1975 with the title 'Stubbs securities taxation - UK dividends and share issues - income tax service'. The title has been published over the years by Stubbs, Dun & Bradstreet, and the Financial Times - it's currently published by Interactive Data as the Securities Taxation Service.

The UK Dividend and Share Issues volume is broken down into equity dividends, unit trust distributions, preference dividends, fixed interest payments and share issues.

Please note the ICAEW Library no longer holds this series.

London Stock Exchange Daily Official List

The London Stock Exchange Daily Official List (SEDOL) has a column marked 'Pay' indicating the date on which the most recently announced dividend was/will be paid.

The ICAEW Library holds the SEDOL from 1967 to 2003.

London Stock Exchange Weekly Official Intelligence

The London Stock Exchange Weekly Official Intelligence lists dividends as they are announced and produces an Ex dividend list for the coming week (date, currency and whether the dividend is an interim or final). The Weekly Official Intelligence also contains listings of Australian dividends taken from the Sydney and/or Melbourne Stock Exchange dividend statistics.

Please note the ICAEW Library does not hold this series.

Online sources

Many companies have special investor information or financial information segments to their sites where you can locate dividends. Directories of companies on the internet such as AnnualReports.com are a good starting point for locating companies and their financial information. You can find other suggestions on our Sources for annual reports page.

You can find company announcements on InvestEgate - these often contain details of shareholder dividends, buybacks and share offerings.

Need to know a dividend?

The ICAEW Library & Information Service bridges the gap between print and web by providing a high quality information service for UK & Irish Dividends, Unit Trust distributions, British government stocks, and capital histories.

ICAEW Members can request details of dividends for up to three companies over the phone for free on +44 (0)20 7920 8620.

Can't find what you are looking for?

If you're having trouble finding the information you need, ask the Library & Information Service. Contact us by telephone on +44 (0)20 7920 8620, by web chat or by email at library@icaew.com.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this Knowledge Guide is correct. However, the content of sites changes frequently and members should satisfy themselves that the information they contain is suitable for the purposes they wish to use it for. We would be grateful to receive notification of any links that do not work at the library email address above.