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*AIG raises quarterly dividend to 12.5 cents per share. Feb 13- Insurer American International Group Inc on Thursday raised its quarterly dividend by 25 percent and reported it swung to a profit in the fourth quarter, compared with a year-earlier loss, sending its shares up in after-market trading.
*Shares fall 0.5 pct in London, after hitting 11- month high. "It's a pretty clear signal... on how they intend to allocate capital in the future- more back to shareholders and less into the business," said Richard Knights, an analyst at Liberum in London.
Feb 13- Insurer American International Group Inc posted a fourth-quarter profit, compared with a year-earlier loss, and raised its quarterly dividend. The company reported net income of $1.98 billion, or $1.34 per share, for the quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a loss of $3.96 billion, or $2.68 per share, a year earlier.
Feb 13- PepsiCo Inc reported a better-than-expected 5 percent rise in quarterly profit and said it would return about $2.3 billion more to shareholders in 2014 in the form of share buybacks and dividend. PepsiCo also said it was extending its $1 billion annual savings plan for another five years to 2019..
LONDON, Feb 13- British engineering firm Amec proposed a higher than expected dividend on Thursday after posting a 3 percent rise in full-year core profit and a record-breaking order book.
*Shares fall 1 pct in London, after hitting 11- month high. "It's a pretty clear signal... on how they intend to allocate capital in the future- more back to shareholders and less into the business," said Richard Knights, an analyst at Liberum in London.
*Annual dividend up 15 pct to $1.92, tops consensus. MELBOURNE, Feb 13- Global miner Rio Tinto surprised investors with a 15 percent dividend hike after reporting a huge jump in second-half profit on Thursday, which could put it in position to fund a big capital return sooner than expected.
David Walker, Head of Equities Research at Stocks In Value, says Rio Tinto could reward investors with a stronger-than-expected dividend.
PARIS, Feb 12- Societe Generale is to return more cash to shareholders in 2014 than last year after completing a long-running overhaul of its balance sheet.
*Organic capex to be cut to $26 bln in 2014 vs $28 bln in 2013. PARIS, Feb 12- French oil firm Total raised its dividend on Wednesday and confirmed it would cut capital spending even though output was stalling, falling into line with industry peers by reducing investment to try to boost shareholder returns.
PARIS, Feb 12- French bank Societe Generale said on Wednesday it would return more cash to shareholders in 2014, after a swing to a fourth-quarter profit capped a long-running push to boost the strength of its balance sheet.
*Looking for acquisitions in Americas, eastern Europe. DUBLIN, Feb 12- Irish packaging group Smurfit Kappa is looking for acquisitions in the Americas and eastern Europe and will return cash to shareholders if it doesn't find the right target, it said on Wednesday.
Fourth-quarter adjusted net profit fell 19 percent to 2.47 billion euros, missing analysts' forecast for 2.69 billion euros, hit by shrinking refining margins, lower oil prices and delays at key fields such as Kazakhstan's Kashagan.
Feb 9- Proxy advisory firm ISS said it recommends shareholders vote against activist investor Carl Icahn's share buyback proposal for Apple Inc, according to a report obtained by Reuters on Sunday. "1/ 8 The Apple board 3/ 8 has returned the bulk of its U.S.-generated cash to shareholders via aggressive stock buybacks and dividends payouts," the ISS report said.
OSLO, Feb 7- Oil and gas major Statoil abandoned its 2020 production target and cut its investment plans, focusing instead on generating cash and improving shareholder returns, it said on Friday. Statoil said it plans to introduce a quarterly dividend payment from this year and promised to use share buy-backs more actively in the future.
TOKYO, Feb 5- Mazda Motor Corp said it is expecting record profits this financial year, raising its annual operating profit forecast by 12.5 percent to 180 billion yen citing a weaker yen and strong sales of the Mazda3.
*Munich Re 2013 net profit above expected at 3.3 bln eur. *Raises dividend to 7.25 eur/ shr from 7.00 previously. HANOVER, Germany, Feb 4- Munich Re, the world's biggest reinsurer, hiked its dividend after a surprise rise in 2013 profit, lifting hopes it can cope with an influx of new competitors and falling prices.
Dirk Becker, deputy head of German research at Kepler Chevreux, says that the "big news" from UBS's results is that it can return capital a lot faster than expected but highlights the group still needs to improve "much more."
*Q4 net profit boosted by 470 million franc tax benefit. ZURICH, Feb 4- Switzerland's UBS swung to a larger-than-expected fourth-quarter profit on Tuesday and announced higher dividends and bonuses, some reward for bucking trends to shrink its investment bank and reduce riskier activities.
*To pay dividend of 0.07 euros per share in 2014. BRUSSELS, Feb 4- Dutch telecoms group KPN reported worse than expected core profit in the fourth quarter, as revenues from its Dutch mobile phone business fell at a faster rate than in the previous quarter.