I was reading the definition of "Bottom Line" on Investopedia and one of the reasons companies increase their bottom-line is to issue payments (dividends) to stockholders as an incentive to maintain ownership
However, I'm a bit confused about why maintaining ownership is a reason for companies paying dividends to shareholders. Particularly because if a stockholder did decide to sell his shares (for whatever reason which could be that there were no dividends/not enough dividends), since its a secondary market, it would just go to another buyer who really wanted those shares. I understand at the start in the primary market a company would want to incentivize buyers to buy their shares, but once we get into the secondary market it's not like the stocks are going to disappear, so it doesn't matter who it goes to as long as someone is holding it. Essentially, a share cannot be sold without a buyer, so regardless of whether ownership is maintained there will always be a new owner to pay for and hold that share.
I know there are other reasons why a dividend's existence is important, but specifically, Investopedia's reasoning on maintaining ownership doesn't make much sense to me/seems irrelevant.
I know I'm wrong, so hopefully, I can figure out soon why... Thank you so much for all your time!