The Company’s dividends for 2017, included in its 2017 total return to stockholders, totalled $3.115 per share, composed of its first through fourth quarter 2017 dividends whose ex-dividend dates all occurred in 2017.
For 2017 tax purposes, the Company paid quarterly reportable dividends of $0.775 per share in cash for the first, second, and third quarters of 2017, making the total dividend taxable to our stockholders in 2017 of $2.325. Our fourth quarter 2017 dividend of $0.79 per share, announced on December 11, 2017 and paid on January 12, 2018, is taxable to our stockholders as part of their 2018 dividend income.
No amount of the 2017 paid dividends is considered to be return of capital (i.e. nontaxable distribution). Stockholders are encouraged to consult their own tax advisors regarding the tax consequences of these dividends.