# Dividend

## EPF Announced 6.75% Dividend for 2014

The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) announced dividend rate of 6.75 percent for the financial year ended 31st December 2014. It was the highest since year 2000 and higher than 6.35 percent announced in 2013.

Kindly refer to “Historical Employees Provident Funds (EPF / KWSP) Dividend Rate” page for EPF dividend rate table & chart since 1952. You may want to calculate the dividend received by using EPF Dividend Calculator.

The total dividend payout stand at RM36.60 billion from RM39.08 billon investment income.  The remaining are used for investment expenses, operating expenditures, statutory charges and net impairment allowance on financial assets. The payout representing an increase of 17.31 per cent compared to RM31.20 billion recorded in 2013.

## Historical Amanah Saham Nasional (ASN) Dividend Rate

Amanah Saham Nasional (ASN) fund was launched on the 20th of April 1981. ASN was PNB first fund & it is only eligible to Malaysian Bumiputera. The fund objective is to generate reasonable level of income distribution and capital appreciation to the Unitholders through a diversified portfolio of investments.

ASN is a growth equity fund. Initially, ASN was launched as a fixed-price fund with a unit price of RM1.00 but it was converted to market pricing in 1991. The allocated fund size is 2.5 billion units.

The table below is the historical dividend rate since the fund was launched in 1981. Bear in mind that the dividend from 1981 to 1990 was based on fixed unit price while from 1991 onwards, there are elements of capital appreciation or depreciation. This means that the actual returns may be higher or lower which reflect by its Net Assets Value (NAV)

Year Dividend (sen) Bonus (sen) Total (sen)
1981 10.00 10.00 20.00
1982 10.00 8.00 18.00
1983 10.00 8.00 18.00
1984 10.20 7.00 17.20
1985 10.20 7.00 17.20
1986 10.00 4.00 14.00
1987 9.00 4.00 13.00
1988 9.25 4.00 13.25
1989 9.50 5.00 14.50
1990 9.50 3.00 12.50
1991 6.25 6.25
1992 8.25 8.25
1993 12.50 12.50
1994 14.00 14.00
1995 13.00 13.00
1996 13.75 13.75
1997 10.50 10.50
1998 6.50 6.50
1999 8.25 8.25
2000 8.00 8.00
2001 5.00 5.00
2002 5.00 5.00
2003 5.30 5.30
2004 5.60 5.60
2005 5.50 5.50
2006 5.50 5.50
2007 6.25 6.25
2008 5.50 5.50
2009 5.20 5.20
2010 6.00 6.00
2011 6.05 6.05
2012 6.30 6.30
2013 6.45 6.45
2014 6.45 6.45
2015 6.10 6.10
2065 5.00 5.00

## AS 1Malaysia Unitholders Get 6.60 sen Dividend for 2014

Amanah Saham Nasional Berhad (ASNB), announced a dividend of 6.60 sen per unit for Amanah Saham 1Malaysia (AS 1Malaysia) for the financial year ended 30th September 2014.

The  dividend is 0.10 sen per unit lower then 6.70 sen per unit announced in 2013. Kindly refer to “Historical AS1 Malaysia Dividend Rate” for previous year dividend.

The dividend will involve a total payment of RM664.22 million and will benefit 376,631 unit holders.

## Taxation on REIT Investment

Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) is one of the most popular ways to invest in property as the dividend is rather stable and attractive. The most important reason why REIT investment is, the investor can access the fund invested in REIT rather quickly than conventional property investment as the units are traded in Bursa Malaysia.

However, bear in mind that, dividend received from REIT Investment is taxable.

For a REIT fund that distributed at least 90 percent of their total yearly income to unit holders, the REIT itself is exempted from tax for that year of assessment.

However, unit holders require to pay tax on the dividend income received from the REIT investment. As the income distributed by REITs tax exempt, no tax credit would be available to the unit holders.

If the tax exempt income received by REITs and subsequently distributed to unit holders, this dividend continues to be tax exempt to the unit holders.