Microsoft Corporation: Dividend Policy

            
 
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Case Code : FINC071
Case Length : 19 pages
Period : 2002-2010
Pub. Date : 2011
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : Microsoft Corporation
Industry : Information and Technology
Countries : US, Global

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Background Note

MSFT (originally Micro-soft), was founded by Bill Gates (Gates) in the year 1975. He left Harvard Business School (HBS) before completing his studies and formed the company with his friend Paul Allen (Paul). Prior to establishing MSFT, Gates and Paul ran a small company named Traf-O-Data and sold a computer to the city of Seattle, which was used to count the city traffic...

Dividend Policy

In 2003, after it had completed 28 years, MSFT declared a cash dividend - the first time it was doing so.

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It was the first of the listed company in DOW 30 which had not paid a cash dividend for such a long period. After 2003, the company's management started paying cash dividends as well as repurchasing common stock on a regular basis (Refer to Figure I for The Ways to Apply Profit after Tax)...

Exhibits

Exhibit I: Quarterly Dividends Declared and Paid Date
Exhibit II: Company's Various Segments, Products & Services and Competitions
Exhibit-III: Cash dividend from September 2007 to June 2010
Exhibit IV: Income Statements from 2002-2010
Exhibit V: Cash Flow Statements from 2002-2010
Exhibit VI (a): Balance Sheets as on June 30, 2010
Exhibit VI (b): Balance Sheets as on June 30
Exhibit VI (c): Balance Sheets as on June 30
Exhibit VI (d): Balance Sheets as on June 30
Exhibit VII: Data of Repurchase of Stocks in Various Years
Exhibit VIII: Revenue Details of MSFT from July - September 2010
Exhibit-IX: Expected Profit and Loss Account from FY 2011-2014
Exhibit X(a): Average Weekly Market Closing Price for MSFT
Exhibit X(b): Average Weekly Market Closing Price for MSFT
Exhibit XI: Yield Curve of US Treasury Bill


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