AFL  Aflac Incorporated

Exchange

NYSE

Sector

Finance

Industry

Accident &Health Insurance

Market Cap.

28.879B

Very Strong Dividend History over the past 10 years

AFL has consistently distributed a dividend for at least the past 10 years. Such a long dividend history suggests AFL is very established in its market and that its dividend distribution is likely to continue for a significant period of time.
Figures in USD. Fiscal year ends in December
2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
Dividend Paid 112.00M 146.00M 182.00M 209.00M 258.00M 373.00M 434.00M 524.00M 535.00M 552.00M
divided by
Shares Outstanding 528.33M 522.14M 516.42M 507.70M 501.83M 493.97M 478.82M 469.06M 473.09M 469.37M
Dividend Paid Per Share 0.21 0.28 0.35 0.41 0.51 0.76 0.91 1.12 1.13 1.18
Price at Year End 25.70 30.76 34.56 40.52 40.64 56.06 41.63 44.30 54.26 42.96
Dividend Yield 0.82% 0.91% 1.02% 1.02% 1.27% 1.35% 2.18% 2.52% 2.08% 2.74%

Strong History of Stock Buybacks over the past 10 years

AFL has a strong history of delivering increased value for shareholders in the form of stock buybacks. These have helped improve financial metrics and increase each shareholders' relative ownership stake in the company, due to fewer shares outstanding and holding the same number of shares.
Figures in USD. Fiscal year ends in December
2002200320042005200620072008200920102011
Shares Outstanding 528.33M 522.14M 516.42M 507.70M 501.83M 493.97M 478.82M 469.06M 473.09M 469.37M
Stock Bought Back - 1.19% 1.11% 1.72% 1.17% 1.59% 3.17% 2.08% -0.85% 0.79%