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  • margin321 margin321 Apr 24, 2013 9:11 AM Flag

    Last Tuesday in April

    .....that is when they announce the dividend increase for the next year. A dime bump to 95 cents fits with recent increases. But maybe they will jump 15 cents to a buck to hit a round number and make a statement. They can easily afford it - they are only paying out about 20percent of earnings.

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    • " But maybe they will jump 15 cents to a buck to hit a round number and make a statement. They can easily afford it - they are only paying out about 20percent of earnings."

      IBM has shown that they don't intend to go over 25% on an initial ttm ratio of divvy / EPS.

      My hope is that they ease into 25% as a cap on ttm Operating EPS. But the key is that they don't seem to want to risk going to 25% so it's probably more like 23%. If they take it up $.40 to $3.80 or up $.45 to $3.85 that is about 23% of $16.70. So my guess is $3.85 max.

 
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