The Tesco plc Board is to propose to pay a final dividend of 7.70 pence per ordinary share, taking the full-year dividend to 10.90 pence per ordinary share, including the payment of an interim dividend of 3.20 pence per ordinary share in November 2021. This year's final dividend is +19.1% higher than last year, reflecting the increase in retail and Tesco Bank adjusted operating profit and the impact from last year's policy exception. It is their intention to pay a progressive dividend going forward - i.e. they aim to grow the dividend per share each year, broadly targeting a pay-out of around 50% of earnings.
The proposed final dividend was approved by the Board of Directors on 12 April 2022 and is subject to the approval of shareholders at this year's Annual General Meeting. The final dividend will be paid on 24 June 2022 to shareholders who are on the register of members at close of business on 20 May 2022 (the Record Date). Shareholders may elect to reinvest their dividend in the Dividend Reinvestment Plan (DRIP). The last date for receipt of DRIP elections and revocations will be 7 June 2022.