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Roche, Unilever, LVMH May Boost Payout to Shareholders Next Week

January 29, 2012

Jan. 27 (Bloomberg) -- Roche Holding AG, Unilever NV and LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA are among 13 companies in the benchmark Stoxx Europe 600 Index that may boost dividends next week, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

Roche, the world’s largest maker of cancer drugs, will increase its dividend by 3 percent to 6.80 Swiss francs, according to Bloomberg Dividend Forecasts that factor in earnings and options prices. Unilever, the world’s second- biggest consumer-products company, might boost its payout to shareholders by 8.2 percent to 22.5 euro cents. LVMH will raise dividends by 14 percent to 1.60 euros, the data show.

Companies in the Stoxx 600 may increase shareholder payouts by 12 percent this year, according to estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Per-share earnings are forecast to grow 18 percent in the period.

AstraZeneca Plc, the U.K.’s second-largest drugmaker, Fiat SpA, Italy’s biggest manufacturer, and British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc may also increase their dividends next week.

Banco Santander SA, Spain’s biggest lender, might lower its payout by 3.9 percent to 21.9 euro cents, the data show.

The Stoxx 600 has climbed 0.1 this week as Greece’s government continued to discuss a debt swap with its private bondholders. The benchmark measure dropped 0.7 percent to 256.03 at 3:13 p.m. in London.

--Editors: Will Hadfield, Andrew Rummer

To contact the reporter on this story: Corinne Gretler in Zurich at cgretler1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew Rummer at arummer@bloomberg.net


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