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Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT) is spinning off a major part of its business. The two parts are already trading as "when issued" shares.
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While the two halves are trading withing shouting distance of each other (31.60, 34.43) their dividends diverge significantly.

Management says the combined dividend for the 2 companies will be at least equal to Abbott's pre-separation dividend. It is expected AbbVie will pay an annual dividend of $1.60 per share, starting with the quarterly dividend in February. This, like all dividends, will be subject to approval by the future AbbVie board in January 2013.

The new Abbott plans to pay a dividend of $0.56 per share, in line with its peer group and growth prospects, also starting in February and also subject to approval by Abbott's board.

This way the combined annual dividend rate of $2.16 for the 2 companies exceeds the current rate of $2.04.

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As of Dec 15 that was calculated as ABBV yielding 4.8%, and the new ABT yielding 1.7%.
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