Cutting A Melon


DEFINITION of 'Cutting A Melon'

A slang term used to describe when a board of directors declares an additional dividend in addition to the regular distribution. The additional dividend can be in the form of cash, stock or property.

BREAKING DOWN 'Cutting A Melon'

The board of directors (BOD) is responsible for deciding how it will share the company's earnings with shareholders in the form of dividends. In most cases, dividends are issued in accordance to a set policy and are paid on preset schedule, such as annually or quarterly.

The BOD is cutting a melon when the company has earned additional income, this is the melon and distributes a portion of it to shareholders. The bigger the melon, the sweeter it tastes to investors!

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