Profits are distributed to shareholders as dividends.
the reward money was an unexpected dividend for our good deed
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Middle English divident, from Latin dividendus, gerundive of dividere — see divideentry 1
: the part of corporate net earnings distributed usually periodically (as quarterly) to stockholders in the form of cash, additional shares, or property either as a set amount per share or a percentage of par value
: a benefit (as unreasonable compensation or use of corporate property) or transfer of funds from a corporation to a shareholder that is interpreted by a taxing authority as a dividend
: a dividend distributed to preferred stockholders that is added to and paid with the next payment or future payments if not paid when due
: a dividend declared in addition to a regular dividend because of unanticipated profits or a nonrecurring increase of revenue
: a share of the surplus earnings of a mutual insurance company paid to policyholders either in the form of cash disbursements or through reduction of premiums
: a payment disbursed to investors from the income of a mutual fund