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Dividend Declaration

Released 10:09 06-Feb-2019

RNS Number : 2482P
Witan Investment Trust PLC
06 February 2019

6 February 2019




Payment of a Fourth Interim Dividend



Witan Investment Trust plc hereby announces that a fourth interim dividend of 7.75p per ordinary share of 25p, in respect of the year ended 31 December 2018, will be paid on Thursday 21 March 2019 to shareholders registered at the close of business on Friday 1 March 2019 (the ex-dividend date is Thursday 28 February).  Taken together with the three interim dividends of 5.25p each paid in June, September and December 2018, this represents a total dividend payment of 23.5p in respect of 2018 (2017: 21.0p).  This represents an increase of 11.9%, almost 10% ahead of the 2.1% rise in the consumer price index in the year to December 2018.  The dividend is fully covered by the Company's 2018 revenue earnings per share (subject to finalisation of the Annual Results for 2018).


The Board's policy is that the first three interim dividends of the current financial year (in June, September and December 2019) will, in the absence of unforeseen circumstances, be paid at the rate of one quarter of the total payment in respect of the previous year.  Accordingly, in the absence of unforeseen circumstances, the Company expects the first interim dividend in respect of 2018 to be 5.875p (2017: 5.25p).


The Board has declared a fourth interim dividend instead of a final dividend, in order to ensure that, as in previous years, the distribution is made before 5 April.


The Company's policy is that it intends (subject to market conditions) to grow the dividend in real terms, ahead of inflation.  The Company has increased its dividend each year since 1974, making 2018 the 44th consecutive year of increases in the dividend.


For further information please contact:


Andrew Bell, Chief Executive Officer

Witan Investment Trust plc

Tel: 020 7227 9770


Alexis Barling, Director of Marketing

Witan Investment Trust plc

Tel: 020 7227 9770




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