Total SA (NYSE:TOT) announced a quarterly dividend on Tuesday, December 5th, Wall Street Journal reports. Investors of record on Monday, December 18th will be paid a dividend of 0.734 per share by the oil and gas exploration company on Friday, January 19th. This represents a $2.94 annualized dividend and a yield of 5.22%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, December 15th.

Total has decreased its dividend by an average of 4.3% per year over the last three years. Total has a dividend payout ratio of 71.3% meaning its dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Equities research analysts expect Total to earn $4.42 per share next year, which means the company should continue to be able to cover its $2.93 annual dividend with an expected future payout ratio of 66.3%.

Shares of Total (NYSE TOT) traded down $0.13 during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $56.22. 1,332,281 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,691,517. The stock has a market cap of $140,938.06, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.22, a PEG ratio of 2.29 and a beta of 0.77. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.36, a quick ratio of 1.18 and a current ratio of 1.47. Total has a 12 month low of $47.97 and a 12 month high of $57.07.

Total (NYSE:TOT) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Friday, October 27th. The oil and gas exploration company reported $1.04 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $1.07 by ($0.03). The company had revenue of $43.04 billion during the quarter. Total had a return on equity of 9.39% and a net margin of 4.90%. research analysts predict that Total will post 4.11 EPS for the current fiscal year.

TOT has been the topic of several recent research reports. Scotiabank set a $54.00 target price on shares of Total and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 22nd. Cowen reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 target price on shares of Total in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $53.00 target price on shares of Total in a research note on Thursday, October 19th. Barclays cut shares of Total from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and lifted their target price for the stock from $50.30 to $57.00 in a research note on Monday, August 21st. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of Total from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 19th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating, six have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $49.50.

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About Total

Total SA (Total) is an oil and gas company. The Company has three segments: an Upstream segment, including the activities of the exploration and production of hydrocarbons, and the activities of gas and power; a Refining & Chemicals segment constituting an industrial hub consisting of the activities of refining, petrochemicals and specialty chemicals, and also includes the activities of oil trading and shipping, and a Marketing & Services segment, including the activities of supply and marketing in the field of petroleum products, as well as the activity of New Energies.

Dividend History for Total (NYSE:TOT)

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