A dividend is a cash payment to shareholders of a company, from its profit. Dividends may be paid at the end of a company's financial year, or halfway through the year.
A dividend payment made halfway through is known as an interim dividend. One made at the end of a financial year is called a final dividend.
A company can also decide to pay dividends, from one time profits such as profit made from the sale of an asset. This is known as a special dividend.
Bamboo shows the latest dividend paid to each company on its Information Page