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Exxon Mobil's (NYSE:XOM) Upcoming Dividend Will Be Larger Than Last Year's

Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) has announced that it will be increasing its dividend from last year's comparable payment on the 9th of June to $0.91. Even though the dividend went up, the yield is still quite low at only 3.4%.

See our latest analysis for Exxon Mobil

Exxon Mobil's Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings

While yield is important, another factor to consider about a company's dividend is whether the current payout levels are feasible. However, Exxon Mobil's earnings easily cover the dividend. This means that most of its earnings are being retained to grow the business.

EPS is set to fall by 37.7% over the next 12 months. If the dividend continues along the path it has been on recently, we estimate the payout ratio could be 39%, which is comfortable for the company to continue in the future.


Exxon Mobil Has A Solid Track Record

The company has a sustained record of paying dividends with very little fluctuation. Since 2013, the dividend has gone from $2.28 total annually to $3.64. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 4.8% over that duration. Slow and steady dividend growth might not sound that exciting, but dividends have been stable for ten years, which we think makes this a fairly attractive offer.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

The company's investors will be pleased to have been receiving dividend income for some time. Exxon Mobil has impressed us by growing EPS at 26% per year over the past five years. A low payout ratio gives the company a lot of flexibility, and growing earnings also make it very easy for it to grow the dividend.

Exxon Mobil Looks Like A Great Dividend Stock

Overall, we think this could be an attractive income stock, and it is only getting better by paying a higher dividend this year. The earnings easily cover the company's distributions, and the company is generating plenty of cash. However, it is worth noting that the earnings are expected to fall over the next year, which may not change the long term outlook, but could affect the dividend payment in the next 12 months. All in all, this checks a lot of the boxes we look for when choosing an income stock.

Investors generally tend to favour companies with a consistent, stable dividend policy as opposed to those operating an irregular one. However, there are other things to consider for investors when analysing stock performance. To that end, Exxon Mobil has 2 warning signs (and 1 which makes us a bit uncomfortable) we think you should know about. If you are a dividend investor, you might also want to look at our curated list of high yield dividend stocks.

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