Brewin Dolphin Holdings PLC (LON:BRW) will increase its dividend on the 9th of February to UK£0.11. This will take the dividend yield from 4.6% to 4.6%, providing a nice boost to shareholder returns.
Brewin Dolphin Holdings' Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings
While it is great to have a strong dividend yield, we should also consider whether the payment is sustainable. Prior to this announcement, Brewin Dolphin Holdings' dividend made up quite a large proportion of earnings but only 64% of free cash flows. Since the dividend is just paying out cash to shareholders, we care more about the cash payout ratio from which we can see plenty is being left over for reinvestment in the business.
Over the next year, EPS is forecast to expand by 12.6%. Assuming the dividend continues along recent trends, our estimates say the payout ratio could reach 78%. This is definitely on the higher side, but we wouldn't necessarily say this is unsustainable.
Brewin Dolphin Holdings Has A Solid Track Record
Even over a long history of paying dividends, the company's distributions have been remarkably stable. The first annual payment during the last 10 years was UK£0.071 in 2011, and the most recent fiscal year payment was UK£0.16. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 8.3% per annum over that time. The dividend has been growing very nicely for a number of years, and has given its shareholders some nice income in their portfolios.
The Dividend Has Growth Potential
The company's investors will be pleased to have been receiving dividend income for some time. We are encouraged to see that Brewin Dolphin Holdings has grown earnings per share at 5.4% per year over the past five years. The payout ratio is very much on the higher end, which could mean that the growth rate will slow down in the future, and that could flow through to the dividend as well.
In summary, while it's always good to see the dividend being raised, we don't think Brewin Dolphin Holdings' payments are rock solid. The company has been bring in plenty of cash to cover the dividend, but we don't necessarily think that makes it a great dividend stock. Overall, we don't think this company has the makings of a good income stock.
Market movements attest to how highly valued a consistent dividend policy is compared to one which is more unpredictable. Meanwhile, despite the importance of dividend payments, they are not the only factors our readers should know when assessing a company. Earnings growth generally bodes well for the future value of company dividend payments. See if the 8 Brewin Dolphin Holdings analysts we track are forecasting continued growth with our free report on analyst estimates for the company. If you are a dividend investor, you might also want to look at our curated list of high performing dividend stock.
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