In this section of the page, you will find all the information you need to understand how Merck KGaA (MRK) dividends work. In addition, you will be able to consult the payment date, the ex-dividend date, the last day to be entitled to the payment, the money to be received per share, the yield and any other doubts that may arise.
Upcoming Merck KGaA dividend
Next payment 1.4€
Next payment date May 3, 2024
Last payment 2.2€
Last payment date May 4, 2023
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Ex-Dividend: 5/1/24

Merck KGaA will distribute 1,4 euros per share in the form of a dividend on May 3, 2024.

The May 1, 2024 is the ex-dividend date. So if you wish to receive Merck KGaA dividends, you must buy one day before this date.

Merck KGaA distributed 2.2 euros per share in the form of a dividend on May 4, 2023.

Merck KGaA, listed on the stock market in Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States, Peru, Argentina, among others, using the stock exchange name MRK, began paying dividends in 2002, but it was not until 2008 that it made a firm commitment to this policy.

The amount has remained stable, with fixed and slightly increasing periods, being delivered in four parts, generally in the months of January, April, July and October, reaching an annual yield of approximately 2.83%.

Payout Ratio Merck KGaA Dividends

Merck KGaA paid 3% of its net income in the last fiscal period as dividends.
Dividend payout ratio

The dividend payout ratio, also known as the payout ratio, is an essential indicator for assessing the stability of a company's dividends. This ratio shows what proportion of the company's net profit is used to pay dividends to shareholders.

Dividend payout ratio = Total dividends ÷ Net income

Merck KGaA's earnings (21,428,000,768.00€) are sufficient to cover the dividend payment. This payment represents 3% of the total net profit of MRK.
Dividend payout ratio
General recommendations

An appropriate payout ratio may vary depending on the industry, the company's growth stage and its financial health.

Payout Ratio

Dividend calendar of Merck KGaA

This is the Dividend Calendar of Merck KGaA in 2023.

Event Day
Last trading date April 30, 2024
Ex-Dividend (Ex-Date) May 1, 2024
Record date May 2, 2024
Date of payment May 3, 2024
Dividends schedule Merck KGaA
Data pending official confirmation from the company Merck KGaA (MRK).
Estimation Policy

Our policy is based on extracting all the financial information available for each company so that our own algorithms weight this information, thus giving us a result as close as possible to the real data.


Historical annual dividend yields of Merck KGaA

Over the past 5 years, Merck KGaA has not consistently increased the annual dividend amount.
Increasing Dividends
Increasing Dividend Program

For a company to have growing dividends by our standards, the annual dividend amount must have increased steadily for at least the last 5 years.

Dividend yield

Dividend yield of Merck KGaA vs. the sector

Merck KGaA's dividend yield (1.39%) is below the sector average (1.98%).
Comparison with industry average
Comparison with industry average

The company's dividend yield is compared to the industry average to determine its positioning.

Merck KGaA's dividend yield is between the top 25% (1.96%) and top 75% (0.76%) of the sector.
Evaluation with respect to competence.
Comparison with competitors

Imagine you have a list of dividend yields for different companies in an industry. If you look for the "top 25%% percentile", you will find a number. This number tells you that the top 25%% of the companies with the highest dividends have a yield higher than that number.

On the other hand, the "top 75%% percentile" shows you another number, which tells you that 75%% of the companies have a higher yield than that number, thus showing a more common and less high yield.

Dividend yield history in Merck KGaA

Over the past 5 years, Merck KGaA's annual dividend income has fallen by more than 10%.
Dividend stability
Dividend stability

For a company to have stable dividends by our standards, it is vital that it has not had an annual decline of more than 10% over the previous year.

Dividend history of Merck KGaA

In this table you can see the dividend history of Merck KGaA:

2.2 €
2.2 €
1.85 €
1.85 €
1.4 €
1.4 €
1.3 €
1.3 €
2.6 €
1.25 €
1.25 €
1.25 €
1.25 €
1.2 €
1.2 €
1.05 €
1.05 €
1. €
1 €
0.95 €
0.95 €
0.85 €
0.85 €
0.75 €
0.75 €
0.625001 €
0.625001 €
0.5 €
0.5 €
0.75 €
0.75 €
1.5 €
1. €
1 €
0.075 €
0.075 €
0.418471 €
0.418471 €
0.098464 €
0.098464 €
0.393855 €
0.393855 €
0.492319 €
0.492319 €
0.467703 €
0.467703 €
0.443087 €
0.443087 €
0.418471 €
0.418471 €
Dividend history of Merck KGaA

Merck KGaA dividend capture strategy

Step 1: Buy Merck KGaA shares (MRK) one day before ex-dividend date
Date of purchase Apr 30, 2024
Next ex-dividend date May 1, 2024
Step 2: Sell Merck KGaA shares (MRK) when the price recovers.
Date of sale (estimated) N/A
Average price recovery N/A
Average return on cost N/A
The dividend capture strategy is based on historical Merck KGaA data. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Information about Merck KGaA

Full name Merck KGaA
Ticker MRK
Sector Health Care
Industry Drug Manufacturers - Specialty & Generic
Market Capitalization 69.74B €
Number of Employees 63,297
Address Frankfurter Strasse 250, Darmstadt, 64293, Germany
Phone 49 6151 72 0
Description of the company

Merck KGaA, is an important multinational company specialized in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and chemicals, has its headquarters in Germany, being one of the oldest in the world and is known as Merk KGaA, which indicates that it is a limited stock company.

Its origins are associated with the acquisition of the Angel Pharmacy (Engel-Apotheke) in 1668 by Friedrich Jacob Merck, producing in 1827 chemical products, alkaloids and some plant extracts, which generated much success, allowing it to export its products to the United States some sixty years later, thus opening its first international subsidiary in New York, forming Merk & Co. in 1891.

Due to the consequences of World War I, it becomes an American company with rights within North America, operating in other countries under the name of Merck KGaA, or MSD Sharp & Dohme.

The company made a series of acquisitions highlighting the acquisition of Serono in 2006, thereby strengthening its market in Switzerland, obtaining strengths in the biotechnology industry, in 2010, meanwhile, they bought Millipore Corporation joining the chemical division of Merck and in 2014 that of the Sigma-Aldrich group, an important manufacturer of chemical components located mainly in the United States.

Its business areas are classified as follows:

  • Health Division, specializing in Neurology and Immunology, Oncology, Fertility, Endocrinology and General Medicine.
  • Life Sciences Division, focused on Clinical and Diagnostics, Emerging Biotechnologies, Environmental Analysis, Industrial Solutions, Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Production, Food and Beverage Solutions and Pharmaceutical Quality Control.
  • High-performance materials, creating Automotive and Architectural Solutions, Displays, Effect Pigments, Cosmetics, Functional Technologies, Optoelectronics and Semiconductors.

Frequently asked questions about Merck KGaA dividends

Merck KGaA pays dividends on a Annual basis.

Merck KGaA is listed on the Bolsa de Fráncfort and is part of the DAX40.

Merck KGaA has the Ticker or stock code MRK.

Merck KGaA belongs to the Health Care sector and the Drug Manufacturers - Specialty & Generic industry.

The CEO of Merck KGaA in 2023 is Ms. Belen Garijo Lopez M.D..

At this moment, the value of a Merck KGaA share is 160.40€.

Merck KGaA does not have a growing dividend program. Dividends have not shown a steady growth in the last 5 years.

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