ASX 200 shares declared $42b of dividends in August. Here's how you can get a slice

It's not too late to snap up these upcoming dividends.

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Key points

  • ASX 200 shares offered investors more than $42 billion of dividends last month 
  • More than one in five ASX 200 shares reporting full-year results in August paid a dividend, with 61% bolstering their payout 
  • And there’s no reason for onlookers to feel left out – here are five ASX giants that haven’t traded ex-dividend yet 

It's that time of the year once again folks. The August earnings season has been and gone, and it brought plenty of dividends for those invested in S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) shares.

A whopping $42.3 billion worth, in fact. And it's not too late to get a slice of the action.

Here are some ASX 200 shares still offering dividends for new investors.

5 ASX 200 shares still offering new shareholders dividends

ASX 200 companies reporting either half or full-year earnings over the month of August declared a total of $42.3 billion worth of dividends, according to analysis by CommSec.

That marks a 1.7% year-on-year fall and a 6.1% tumble from February's record dividend offerings.

More than one in five ASX 200 shares reporting full-year earnings paid a dividend, with 61% bolstering their payout and 27.4% cutting it.

But there's no reason for onlookers to feel left out.

There are still numerous ASX 200 shares that haven't traded ex-dividend yet. That means investors who jump on board now will still get their share of a company's upcoming payout.

Woodside Energy Group Ltd (ASX: WDS)

ASX 200 energy share Woodside tripled its half-year dividend last month, offering shareholders US$1.09 per share. It's also fully franked, meaning the payout could bring additional benefits to some investors at tax time.

And there's still plenty of time to jump on board to receive the offering. Woodside doesn't trade ex-dividend until Thursday.

CSL Limited (ASX: CSL)

The ASX 200 biotherapeutics share offered a 10% franked final dividend of US$1.18 per share for financial year 2022.

Would-be investors wishing to get a hold of the payment have until Tuesday to snap up CSL shares.

Origin Energy Ltd (ASX: ORG)

ASX 200 energy producer and retailer upped its final dividend to 16.5 cents per share – more than double that of financial year 2021 and its largest dividend since 2015. The offering is also 75% franked.

Those who wanted to jump on board for the dividend have until Tuesday to buy into the company.

BlueScope Steel Limited (ASX: BSL)

BlueScope Steel held its final dividend steady at an unfranked 25 cents last month.

The company will pay it out to those holding its shares as of Monday's close.

Fortescue Metals Group Limited (ASX: FMG)

Finally, the iron ore giant was among the 27% of ASX 200 shares slashing their dividend in August. It cut its fully franked final offering by 43% to $1.21 per share.  

But market watchers can still receive a slice of the reduced pay-out, as long as they're on board the company's register when the market closes tonight. The stock will trade ex-dividend on Monday.

Motley Fool contributor Brooke Cooper has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has positions in and has recommended CSL Ltd. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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