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Witan's objective is long term growth in capital and income. The Company's dividend policy is that the annual rate of growth in dividends per share should be greater than inflation as measured by the UK Consumer Price Index ("CPI").

While growth in income cannot be guaranteed, Witan Investment Trust has grown the dividend it pays to investors each year for 45 years but please be aware that past performance is not a guide to future performance and see here for a history of Witan’s performance.

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Discrete performance (%)

  Q1 2015
Q1 2016
Q1 2016
Q1 2017
Q1 2017
Q1 2018
Q1 2018
Q1 2019
Q1 2019
Q1 2020
Share Price  -6.7 32.2 8.4 3.9 -19.3
Net Asset Value  0.4 29.0 5.4 5.0 -18.4
Benchmark#  -2.9 28.9 3.3 7.3 -8.8
NAV-Benchmark Return 3.3 0.1 2.0 -2.3 -9.7

Relative numbers may not add up due to rounding

† Source: Morningstar / Witan / FTSE, total return includes the notional reinvestment of dividends.
‡ The Net Asset Value figures value debt at fair value and include the notional reinvestment of dividends.
# Witan’s benchmark is a composite of 15% FTSE All Share and 85% FTSE All World. Previously, from 01.01.2017 to 31.12.2019 it was 30% FTSE All-Share, 25% FTSE All-World North America, 20% FTSE All-World Asia Pacific, 20% FTSE All-World Europe (ex UK) and 5% FTSE All-World Emerging Markets. From 01.10.2007 to 31.12.2016 the benchmark consisted of 40% FTSE All-Share, 20% FTSE All-World North America, 20% FTSE All-World Europe (ex UK) and 20% FTSE All-World Asia Pacific. FTSE is a trade mark of the London Stock Exchange Group companies and is used by FTSE under license. For more information go to www.witan.com/support/legal-information.

Dividend schedule

Please see here to access Witan’s dividend history.

Dividend Schedule*

Please note that the dates and amounts not yet paid could be subject to change.

Ex-Dividend Date Pay Date Dividend Type Amount Dividend payable per share
19/11/2020 18/12/2020 3rd Interim 2020 1.34p
20/08/2020 18/09/2020 2nd Interim 2020 1.34p
21/05/2020 19/06/2020 1st Interim 2020 1.34p
27/02/2020 03/04/2020 4th Interim 2019 1.825p
21/11/2019 18/12/2019 3rd Interim 2019 1.175p
22/08/2019 18/09/2019 2nd Interim 2019 1.175p
24/06/2019  1st Interim 2019 1.175p*
28/02/2019 21/03/2019 4th Interim 2018 7.75p
22/11/2018 18/12/2018 3rd Interim 2018 5.25p
23/08/2018 18/09/2018 2nd Interim 2018 5.25p
17/05/2018 18/06/2018 1st Interim 2018 5.25p
01/03/2018 29/03/2018 4th Interim 2017 6.75p
16/11/2017 18/12/2017 3rd Interim 2017 4.75p
24/08/2017 18/09/2017 2nd Interim 2017 4.75p

* Following approval at the Annual General Meeting on 1 May 2019, there was a five for one split of the Company's shares, with effect from 28 May 2019. The effect of the share split is that shareholders now own five shares in place of every share they held prior to the split. This makes no difference to the value of shareholdings as the share price, net asset value per share and dividend per share are now a fifth of the level prevailing the day before the split. For example, shareholders who owned 1,000 shares before the split now own 5,000 shares and the price of each share which, as at 31 May 2019, was 205p equates to a pre-split price of 1025p, representing in both cases a value of £10,250.