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Big Listed Firms’ 2022 Dividends Dip Nearly 14 pct amid Economic Slump

This file photo shows the buildings of South Korea's major companies in Seoul. (Yonhap)

This file photo shows the buildings of South Korea’s major companies in Seoul. (Yonhap)

SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Korea Bizwire)Major listed companies in South Korea cut their dividends by nearly 14 percent in 2022 from a year earlier amid an economic slump, a corporate tracker said Tuesday.

Combined dividends paid out by 50 of South Korea’s top 100 firms in terms of market capitalization came to 15.7 trillion won (US$12.3 billion) last year, down 13.7 percent from a year earlier, according to the Leaders Index.

The drop came amid slumping exports and sluggish domestic demand stemming from the global economic slowdown.

South Korea’s economy expanded 2.6 percent in 2022 from a year earlier, compared with a 4.1 percent increase tallied in the previous year.

Chip titan SK hynix Inc. posted the largest on-year decline of 80.5 percent with 206.3 billion won in dividends, followed by cosmetics giant LG Household & Health Care Ltd. with 66.6 percent and top steelmaker POSCO Holdings with 59.9 percent.

Leading oil refiner SK Innovation Co. chalked up the biggest increase rate of 128.4 percent with dividends of 481.6 billion won.

Chip behemoth Samsung Electronics Co. registered the largest dividend payout of 2.5 trillion won, followed by top automaker Hyundai Motor Co. with 1.6 trillion won and No. 2 carmaker Kia Corp. with 1.4 trillion won.

Lee Jae-yong, the chief of South Korea’s top conglomerate, Samsung Group, remained the top dividend receiver with 199.1 billion won, down 58.6 billion won from a year earlier.

Hyundai Motor Group Chairman Euisun Chung came next with 103.3 billion won, followed by Kee Boo-jin, Lee’s sister and Hotel Shilla chief executive, with 93.2 billion won, according to the Leaders Index.


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