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Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:BR) Looks Interesting, And It's About To Pay A Dividend

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Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE:BR) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 4 days time. This means that investors who purchase shares on or after the 12th of September will not receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 3rd of October.

Broadridge Financial Solutions's next dividend payment will be US$0.54 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of US$2.16 per share. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, Broadridge Financial Solutions has a trailing yield of approximately 1.7% on its current stock price of $130.29. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. So we need to investigate whether Broadridge Financial Solutions can afford its dividend, and if the dividend could grow.

See our latest analysis for Broadridge Financial Solutions

Dividends are typically paid out of company income, so if a company pays out more than it earned, its dividend is usually at a higher risk of being cut. Fortunately Broadridge Financial Solutions's payout ratio is modest, at just 47% of profit. That said, even highly profitable companies sometimes might not generate enough cash to pay the dividend, which is why we should always check if the dividend is covered by cash flow. It distributed 39% of its free cash flow as dividends, a comfortable payout level for most companies.

It's positive to see that Broadridge Financial Solutions's dividend is covered by both profits and cash flow, since this is generally a sign that the dividend is sustainable, and a lower payout ratio usually suggests a greater margin of safety before the dividend gets cut.

Click here to see the company's payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.

NYSE:BR Historical Dividend Yield, September 7th 2019

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Stocks in companies that generate sustainable earnings growth often make the best dividend prospects, as it is easier to lift the dividend when earnings are rising. If business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. Fortunately for readers, Broadridge Financial Solutions's earnings per share have been growing at 14% a year for the past five years. The company has managed to grow earnings at a rapid rate, while reinvesting most of the profits within the business. Fast-growing businesses that are reinvesting heavily are enticing from a dividend perspective, especially since they can often increase the payout ratio later.

Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. In the last 10 years, Broadridge Financial Solutions has lifted its dividend by approximately 23% a year on average. It's great to see earnings per share growing rapidly over several years, and dividends per share growing right along with it.

To Sum It Up

Has Broadridge Financial Solutions got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? Broadridge Financial Solutions has been growing earnings at a rapid rate, and has a conservatively low payout ratio, implying that it is reinvesting heavily in its business; a sterling combination. Overall we think this is an attractive combination and worthy of further research.

Curious what other investors think of Broadridge Financial Solutions? See what analysts are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow .

If you're in the market for dividend stocks, we recommend checking our list of top dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

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