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Devidents

Dividends and Share Buybacks

Barclays understands the importance of delivering attractive total cash returns to shareholders. Barclays is therefore committed to maintaining an appropriate balance between total cash returns to shareholders, investment in the business and maintaining a strong capital position. Going forward, Barclays intends to pay a progressive ordinary dividend, taking into account these objectives and the earnings outlook of the Group. It is also the Board’s intention to continue to supplement the ordinary dividends with additional cash returns, including share buybacks, to shareholders as and when appropriate. 

Dividends will be paid semi-annually, with the half year dividend expected to represent, under normal circumstances, around one-third of the total dividend for the year.

As owners of Barclays, shareholders benefit from buybacks as they reduce overall share count, thereby increasing each share’s percentage ownership of Barclays equity and proportion of future capital returns.

2021 half year capital returns

A half year dividend of 2.0p per ordinary share was paid on Friday, 17 September 2021 to shareholders holding shares on the register on Friday, 13 August 2021 (record date).

For US and Canadian-resident American Depositary Receipt (ADR) holders, the half year dividend of 2.0p per ordinary share became 8.0p per ADS (American Depositary Security - representing four shares). The ADR depositary posted the dividend on Friday, 17 September 2021 to ADR holders on record on Friday, 13 August 2021.

In its Half Year 2021 Results Announcement published on 28 July 2021, Barclays also announced its intention to initiate a share buyback of up to £500m, which commenced on 2 August 2021. This is in addition to the £700m share buyback which was announced in February 2021 and completed in April 2021.

Previous capital returns

The full year dividend for the year ended 31 December 2020 of 1.0p per ordinary share was paid on Thursday, 1 April 2021 to shareholders holding shares on the register on Friday, 26 February 2021 (record date). 

For US and Canadian-resident American Depositary Receipt (ADR) holders, the full year dividend of 1.0p per ordinary share became 4.0p per ADS (American Depositary Security - representing four shares). The ADR depositary posted the dividend on Thursday, 1 April 2021 to ADR holders on record on Friday, 26 February.

In February 2021, Barclays announced its intention to initiate a share buyback of up to £700m, which commenced on 19 March 2021 and completed on 22 April 2021.

In order to help Barclays serve the needs of businesses and households through the extraordinary challenges presented by COVID-19, the Board decided that for 2020 the Company would not undertake any interim ordinary share dividend payments, accrual of ordinary share dividends, or share buybacks.

In addition, in response to a request from the UK Prudential Regulation Authority and to preserve additional capital for use in serving Barclays’ customers and clients, the Board agreed to cancel the 6.0p per ordinary share full year 2019 dividend that was due for payment on 3 April 2020. 

Historic Share Buybacks

  Commencement Date Completion Date Buyback Amount Shares Purchased Average Purchase Price
Half Year (2021) 2 August 2021   Up to £500m    
Full Year (2020) 19 March 2021 22 April 2021 £700m 377,356,751 £1.855

Historic Dividends

  Ex-Div Date
Record Date
Payment Date
Dividend Amount
Scrip reference share price
Half year (2021) 12/08/2021 13/08/2021 17/09/2021 2.0p N/A Drip 
Full year (2020) 25/02/2021 26/02/2021 01/04/2021 1.0p N/A Drip 
Half year (2020) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Full year (2019) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Half year (2019) 08/08/2019
09/08/2019
23/09/2019
3.0p
£1.4220
Full year (2018)
28/02/2019
01/03/2019
05/04/2019
4.0p
£1.6406
Half year (2018)
09/08/2018
10/08/2018
17/09/2018
2.5p
£1.8548
Final (2017) 01/03/2018
02/03/2018
05/04/2018
2p
£2.0921
Interim (2017) 10/08/2017
11/08/2017
18/09/2017
1p
£2.0103
Final (2016)
02/03/2017
03/03/2017
05/04/2017
2p
£2.2944
Interim (2016)
11/08/2016
12/08/2016
19/09/2016
1p
£1.6242
Final (2015)
10/03/2016
11/03/2016
05/04/2016
3.5p
£1.6334
3rd Interim (2015)
05/11/2015
06/11/2015
11/12/2015
1p
£2.3146
2nd Interim (2015)
06/08/2015
07/08/2015
14/09/2015
1p
£2.7907
1st Interim (2015)
07/05/2015
08/05/2015
15/06/2015
1p
£2.5709
Final (2014)
10/03/2015
11/03/2015
02/04/2015
3.5p
£2.5313
3rd Interim (2014)
06/11/2014
07/11/2014
12/12/2014
1p
£2.3387
2nd Interim (2014)
06/08/2014
08/08/2014
19/09/2014
1p
£2.1568
1st Interim (2014)
14/05/2014
16/05/2014
23/06/2014
1p
£2.4303
Final (2013)
19/02/2014
21/02/2014
28/03/2014
3.5p
£2.5719
3rd Interim (2013)
06/11/2013
08/11/2013
13/12/2013
1p
£2.5542
2nd Interim (2013)
07/08/2013
09/08/2013
13/09/2013
1p
£2.8497
1st Interim (2013)
01/05/2013
03/05/2013
07/06/2013
1p
n/a
Final (2012)
20/02/2013
22/02/2013
15/03/2013
3.5p
n/a
3rd Interim (2012)
07/11/2012
09/11/2012
07/12/2012
1p
n/a
2nd  Interim (2012) 08/08/2012
10/08/2012
07/09/2012
1p
n/a
1st Interim (2012)
02/05/2012
04/05/2012
08/06/2012
1p
n/a
Final (2011)
22/02/2012
24/02/2012
16/03/2012
3p
n/a
3rd Interim (2011)
09/11/2011
11/11/2011
09/12/2011
1p
n/a
2nd Interim (2011)
10/08/2011
12/08/2011
09/09/2011
1p
n/a
1st Interim (2011)
04/05/2011
06/05/2011
10/06/2011
1p
n/a
Final (2010)
23/02/2011
25/02/2011
18/03/2011
2.5p
n/a
3rd Interim (2010)
17/11/2010
19/11/2010
10/12/2010
1p
n/a
2nd Interim (2010)
11/08/2010
13/08/2010
10/09/2010
1p
n/a
1st Interim (2010)
12/05/2010
14/05/2010
04/06/2010
1p
n/a
Final (2009)
24/06/2010
26/02/2010
19/03/2010
1.5p
n/a
Interim (2009)
18/11/2009
20/11/2009
11/12/2009
1p
n/a
Interim (2008)
20/08/2008
22/08/2008
01/10/2008
11.5p
n/a
Final (2007)
20/08/2008
22/08/2008
01/10/2008
11.5p
n/a
Interim (2007)
15/08/2007
17/08/2007
01/10/2007
11.5p
n/a
Final (2006)
07/03/2007
09/03/2007
27/04/2007
20.5p
n/a
Interim (2006)
16/08/2006
18/08/2006
02/10/2006
10.5p
n/a
Final (2005)
01/03/2006
03/03/2006
28/04/2006
17.4p
n/a
Interim (2005)
17/08/2005
19/08/2005
03/10/2005
9.2p
n/a