10 Spectacular Stocks Paying Special Dividends

Most special dividends are one-time payments you shouldn't expect to see again. But a few select companies use this type of payout more frequently to augment their regular dividends.

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Special dividends are unscheduled one-time cash rewards companies pay to their shareholders – and they are icing on the cake for income investors.

These special payments are sometimes triggered by windfalls from an unusual event such as an asset sale, but more commonly occur when the company's earnings are exceptionally strong and the firm has more cash than it needs to fund its business.


Data is as of Feb. 15. Dividend yields are calculated by annualizing the most recent payout and dividing by the share price. Stocks are listed in order of lowest to highest special dividend payout.

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Lisa Springer
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Lisa currently serves as an equity research analyst for Singular Research covering small-cap healthcare, medical device and broadcast media stocks.