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EX-Dividend Schedule: Duke Energy Has Paid Cash Dividend for 92 Years in a Row; Will Trade Ex-Dividend on May 17, 2018

LONDON, UK / ACCESSWIRE / May 16, 2018 / Active-Investors has a free review on Duke Energy Corp. (NYSE: DUK) following the Company's announcement that it will begin trading ex-dividend on May 17, 2018. To capture the dividend payout, investors must purchase the stock a day prior to the ex-dividend date that is by latest at the end of the trading session on May 16, 2018. Active-Investors has initiated due-diligence on this dividend stock. Register with us for more free research including the one on DUK:

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Dividend Declared

On May 03, 2018, Duke Energy declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.890 per share payable on June 18, 2018, to shareholders of record at the close of business May 18, 2018.

Duke Energy's indicated dividend represents a yield of 4.57%, which is substantially higher than the average dividend yield of 2.70% for the Utilities sector. The Company has paid cash dividend for 92 consecutive years.

Dividend Insights

Duke Energy has a dividend payout ratio of 75.6%, which indicates that the Company spends approximately $0.76 for dividend distribution out of every $1.00 earned. The dividend payout ratio reflects how much amount a company is returning to shareholders versus how much money it is keeping on hand to reinvest in growth, to pay off debt, and/or to add to its cash reserves.

According to analysts' estimates, Duke Energy is forecasted to report earnings of $4.94 per share for the next year, which is considerably higher than the Company's annualized dividend of $3.56 per share.

As of March 31, 2018, Duke Energy's cash and cash equivalents totaled $421 million compared to $358 million as on December 31, 2017. For the three months ended March 31, 2018, the Company's net cash provided by operating activities totaled $1.39 billion compared to $1.25 billion for the year ago corresponding period. The Company's strong financial position indicates its ability to absorb any fluctuations in earnings and cash flow and to sustain the dividend distribution for a long period.

Earnings Update

On May 10, 2018, Duke Energy announced first quarter 2018 reported GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.88 compared to $1.02 for Q1 2017. The Company's reported quarter adjusted diluted EPS was $1.28 compared to $1.04 for the prior year's same quarter.

For Q1 2018, Duke Energy recorded revenues of $5.32 billion compared to $4.95 billion for Q1 2017.

About Duke Energy Corp.

Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Duke Energy is one of the largest energy holding companies in the United States. Its Electric Utilities and Infrastructure business unit serves approximately 7.5 million customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. The company's Gas Utilities and Infrastructure business unit distributes natural gas to approximately 1.6 million customers in the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

A Fortune 125 Company, Duke Energy was named to Fortune's 2018 "World's Most Admired Companies" list and Forbes' 2018 "America's Best Employers" list.

Stock Performance Snapshot

May 15, 2018 - At Tuesday's closing bell, Duke Energy's stock dropped 1.16%, ending the trading session at $76.93.

Volume traded for the day: 3.89 million shares, which was above the 3-month average volume of 3.74 million shares.

After yesterday's close, Duke Energy's market cap was at $53.93 billion.

Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio was at 21.27.

The stock has a dividend yield of 4.63%.

The stock is part of the Utilities sector, categorized under the Electric Utilities industry.


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