Dividend


REITReal 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.

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Amanah Saham Didik (ASD) fund was launched on the 20th of April 2001. The fund objective is to provide investment opportunity that generates reasonable long-term growth and return.

ASD is a equity growth fund with fixed-price of RM1.00 per unit. The allocated fund size is 4.5 billion units and it is open to all Malaysian Bumiputera. It is also eligible for EPF withdrawal.

The table below is the historical dividend rate since the fund was launched in 2001.

Year Dividend (sen)
2002 10.00
2003 6.80
2004 7.00
2005 7.20
2006 6.80
2007 7.00
2008 7.00
2009 6.30
2010 6.35
2011 6.50
2012 6.60
2013 6.80
2014 6.60
2015 6.60
2016 6.30

 



ASB

ASB pay 8.70 sen in dividend and bonus for financial end 2013. This comprise of 7.7 sen dividend and 1.0 sen bonus. In the same period, a total of 8.26 million peoples subscribe to ASB with total fund size of more than RM127.26 billion. At this size, ASB is the biggest funds that manage by ASNB.

In summary, ASB invest more than 70% of the total funds size in Malaysia Stock Market. The remaining is in cash or other income instrument.

The following table show 20 largest stock portfolio held ASB, unitholder distribution and investment income for financial end of 31st December 2013.

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EPF

The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) announced dividend rate of 6.35 percent for the financial year ended 31st December 2013 after obtaining approval from Minister of Finance. It was the highest since year 2000 and 0.2% higher than 6.15 percent announced in 2012.

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

The total dividend payout stand at RM31.20 billion from RM35 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 12.81 per cent compared to RM27.45 billion recorded in 2012.

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The Malaysian Employees Provident Fund (“EPF”) was formally founded after the enactment of the Employees Provident Fund Act 1991 (Act 452), which grants employees a retirement benefits.

EPF functions by procuring at least 11% of each member’s monthly salary and additional 12% from member’s employer and storing it in a savings account.

EPF may use members saving for investments in companies deemed profitable and permissible by the organisation, from which dividends are banked to respective members’ accounts. At or after the end of the financial year, EPF shall declare dividend rate of in respect of that year with minimum rate of 2.5% per annum.

Below are the historical dividend rates (table & chart) since 1952.

Year Dividends Year Dividends Year Dividends
1952 2.50% 1974 6.60% 1995 7.50%
1953 2.50% 1975 6.60% 1996 7.70%
1954 2.50% 1976 7.00% 1997 6.70%
1955 2.50% 1977 7.00% 1998 6.70%
1956 2.50% 1978 7.00% 1999 6.84%
1957 2.50% 1979 7.25% 2000 6.00%
1958 2.50% 1980 8.00% 2001 5.00%
1959 2.50% 1981 8.00% 2002 4.25%
1960 4.00% 1982 8.00% 2003 4.50%
1961 4.00% 1983 8.50% 2004 4.75%
1962 4.00% 1984 8.50% 2005 5.00%
1963 5.00% 1985 8.50% 2006 5.15%
1964 5.25% 1986 8.50% 2007 5.80%
1965 5.50% 1987 8.00% 2008 4.50%
1966 5.50% 1988 8.00% 2009 5.65%
1967 5.50% 1989 8.00% 2010 5.80%
1968 5.75% 1990 8.00% 2011 6.00%
1969 5.75% 1991 8.00% 2012 6.15%
1970 5.75% 1992 8.00% 2013 6.35%
1971 5.80% 1993 8.00% 2014 6.75%
1972 5.85% 1994 8.00% 2015 6.40%
1973 5.85% 1995 7.50% 2016 5.70%