California utility PG&E Corporation cancels dividend

California utility company PG&E Corporation (PCG) will stop its dividend payments, citing uncertainty related to causes and potential liabilities associated with the extraordinary October 2017 Northern California wildfires.

Earlier this year PCG had raised its dividend by 8.2 percent to $0.53 quarterly, marking the second consecutive year of dividend increases.

“After extensive consideration and in light of the uncertainty associated with the causes and potential liabilities associated with these wildfires as well as state policy uncertainties, the PG&E boards determined that suspending the common and preferred stock dividends is prudent with respect to cash conservation and is in the best long-term interests of the companies, our customers and our shareholders,” said PG&E Corporation Chair of the Board Richard C. Kelly.

Vectren raises dividend for 58th consecutive year

“We fully recognize the importance of dividends and intend to revisit the issue as we get more clarity. In the meantime, PG&E is committed to working with state policymakers to address the negative investment environment that strict liability under inverse condemnation is creating for California’s utilities. This ultimately hurts our customers and the state. The company also remains committed to supporting recovery and rebuilding efforts by those communities that were impacted by these devastating fires,” he said.

Just recently PG&E peer Vectren raised its dividend for the 58th consecutive year. A well known bigger US company cutting its dividend just recently is DowDupont.

PG&E Corporation is an energy-based holding company headquartered in San Francisco. It is the parent company of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, California’s largest investor-owned utility.  The Utility is engaged in the sale and delivery of electricity and natural gas to customers. PCG generates electricity and provides electricity transmission and distribution services throughout its service territory in northern and central California to residential, commercial, industrial, and agricultural customers.

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