Consolidated Edison raises dividend by 3.4 percent in 2020

Dividend Aristocrat Consolidated Edison (ED) will raise its quarterly dividend to $0.765 per share in 2020. This marks the utility company's 46th consecutive year of higher dividends.

The increased dividend is payable March 16, 2020 to stockholders of record as of February 19, 2020. A new dividend of $3.06 per share yields 3.4 percent at a stock price of 91 dollars.

“The increase in the dividend, the 46th consecutive annual increase for stockholders, reflects our continued emphasis on providing a return to our investors while meeting the needs of our customers,” said Robert Hoglund, Con Edison’s senior vice president and chief financial officer. The increase continues the longest period of consecutive annual dividend increases of any utility in the S&P 500 index. The company continues to target a dividend payout ratio of between 60% and 70% of its adjusted earnings.

Consolidated Edison, Inc. is one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy-delivery companies, with approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $56 billion in assets. The company provides a wide range of energy-related products and services to its customers through the following subsidiaries: Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., a regulated utility providing electric, gas and steam service in New York City and Westchester County, New York; Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., a regulated utility serving customers in a 1,300-square-mile-area in southeastern New York State and northern New Jersey; Con Edison Clean Energy Businesses, Inc., which through its subsidiaries develops, owns and operates renewable and energy infrastructure projects and provides energy-related products and services to wholesale and retail customers; and Con Edison Transmission, Inc., which through its subsidiaries invests in electric and natural gas transmission projects.

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