The Bank typically announces a dividend with the release of its half year results in February and full year results in August. Dividends are typically paid twice a year, in March (interim dividend) and September (final dividend). Payment dates are listed on the financial calendar.
The Record Date is the cut-off date for a dividend. To be eligible to receive the current dividend, you need to be recorded on the share register at 5pm on the Record Date. The Record Dates are listed on the financial calendar.
The ex-dividend date occurs one day before the Record Date. To be entitled to receive the current dividend, you must purchase shares before the ex-dividend date. If you purchase shares on or after the ex-dividend date, you will not be entitled to receive the current dividend. The ex-dividend dates are listed on the financial calendar.
Your dividend will be paid to you by direct credit and deposited into your nominated bank account. Payment by direct credit applies to all shareholders with a registered address in Australia, New Zealand or the United Kingdom (made in AUD, NZD and GBP respectively).
Dividend statements are available on the Link Market Services Investor Centre, and can be received via email or post.
If your registered address is not in Australia, New Zealand or the United Kingdom you can choose to have your dividend:
If you do not provide your bank details by the Record Date and you are not a participant in the Dividend Reinvestment Plan, your dividend will be held on your behalf in a non-interest bearing account. Payment of your dividend into your nominated bank account will be made as soon as possible after receipt of your payment instructions.
You are encouraged to keep your bank account details current.
Dividends paid to Australian shareholders by Australian resident companies are taxed under the imputation system, which means the tax paid by a company may be imputed or attributed to its shareholders.
The imputation system eliminates the double taxation of dividends for Australian shareholders.
Franked dividends have a franking credit attached to them which represents the amount of tax the company has already paid. Franking credits are also known as imputation credits.
Generally, Australian resident shareholders are entitled to receive a credit for any tax the company has paid. If your top tax rate is less than the company's tax rate, the Australian Tax Office will refund you the difference.
An imputation credit is relevant for New Zealand resident taxpayers who meet certain requirements.
The DRP allows eligible shareholders in Australia and New Zealand to reinvest all or part of their dividends to receive additional shares instead of a cash payment. It is a convenient way to increase your holding of CBA shares, without incurring transaction costs.
Key features of the DRP are:
More information can be found in the DRP Rules.
You can download and print a copy of the rules below.
Dividend history of Commonwealth Bank fully paid ordinary shares.