Financial Performance Management
Generating strong financial returns allows us to provide safe and reliable power to customers over the long term, compensate employees, invest in our communities and satisfy our owners. Our overarching financial goal is to deliver top-quartile returns to our owners, which enables us to attract the capital we need to serve customers and grow our business. We also strive to maintain investment-grade ratings at our utilities and Entergy Corporation. A strong financial and credit position gives us the financial flexibility to respond to changing market conditions in ways that create sustainable value for our stakeholders. In addition to investing in our business, we also put a high priority on providing a dividend payout comparable to that of our industry peers while maintaining strong credit metrics. Our board sets our dividend-payout guideline and regularly reviews the guideline and payout. In 2015, our board raised the dividend 2.4 percent for the first time since 2010 and indicated the objective to maintain a steady, predictable trajectory in the dividend payout going forward.
Our finance organization, led by our chief financial officer and governed by the finance committee of the board of directors, oversees our financial performance using prudent policies, strategies, procedures and investment processes. We proactively manage our tax strategy to ensure we are in compliance with all laws and regulations.