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Nov 15, 2021

Great-West Lifeco raising quarterly dividend to shareholders by 12%

Paul Gardner discusses Great-West Lifeco

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WINNIPEG -- Great-West Lifeco Inc. is raising its quarterly dividend to shareholders by 12 per cent.

The insurance company says it has declared an additional dividend of 5.2 cents per share, payable on Dec. 31 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Dec. 3.

Combined with its dividend of 43.8 cents per share announced Nov. 3, Great-West will pay a total quarterly dividend of 49 cents per share.

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions lifted COVID-19-related restrictions on Nov. 4 that had prevented federally regulated banks and insurers from raising dividends and buying back shares.

Great-West says it has set a target dividend payout ratio range of 45 to 55 per cent of its base earnings.

Great-West CEO Paul Mahon says the new target dividend payout range supports a balanced approach to dividend increases in line with expected earnings growth while maintaining financial strength.