Definition

Dividends in arrears

When preferred stock, is cumulative, preferred dividends not declared in a given period are called dividend in arrears.

To illustrate, assume that scientific leasing has 5000 shares of 7% is $35,000 (5,000 but dividends are two years in arrears. In this case, preferred stockholders are entitled to receive the following dividends in the current year.

 

                                     Dividends in areas (35,000              $70,000

                                  Current-year dividends                               35,000                        

                                       Total preferred dividends                            $105,000

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