Dividends per share can be calculated by dividing the total dollar amount of cash dividends paid by a company in a year by the number of shares outstanding. This number does not include special dividends. In fact, if a special dividend is paid by a company that also pays a regular dividend, the special payout is subtracted from the total of the two dividends to get the dividends per share.

Find the annual dividend that the company pays on a financial-information website, such as money.com.

Find out how many shares outstanding the company has.

Multiply the number of outstanding shares by the annual dividend to get the sum of the dividends paid and then divide that number by 1 million shares outstanding to calculate the per share payout. The math looks like this 1,000,000 x 1.80 = 1,800,000. 1,800,000 ÷ 1,000,00 = $1.80 per share per year.

Remember to exclude special dividends.