Scrip dividend schemes provide shareholders with the option to choose shares instead of a cash dividend. Scrip dividends became popular in South Africa after the introduction of Secondary Tax on Companies (STC) in 1993. Thus far, no guidance on the recognition, measurement or disclosure of scrip dividends has been issued by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA). This article proposes disclosure regarding scrip dividend schemes that will provide relevant information to the users of financial statements. The proposed disclosure is based on the assumption that entities recognise and measure scrip dividends in accordance with the re‐investment method, as opposed to the capitalisation issue method.
Meditari Accountancy Research – Emerald Publishing
Published: Oct 1, 2004
Keywords: Dividends; Scrip dividend; Re‐investment method; Capitalisation issue; Share‐election reserve; Statement of changes in equity; Earnings per share; Dividend per share; Disclosure