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IGM Financial (TSE:IGM) Has Affirmed Its Dividend Of CA$0.5625

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IGM Financial Inc. (TSE:IGM) has announced that it will pay a dividend of CA$0.5625 per share on the 31st of October. The dividend yield will be 5.9% based on this payment which is still above the industry average.

See our latest analysis for IGM Financial

IGM Financial's Payment Has Solid Earnings Coverage

While it is great to have a strong dividend yield, we should also consider whether the payment is sustainable. The last dividend was quite easily covered by IGM Financial's earnings. This means that a large portion of its earnings are being retained to grow the business.

Over the next year, EPS is forecast to fall by 2.7%. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio could be 57%, which we consider to be quite comfortable, with most of the company's earnings left over to grow the business in the future.


IGM Financial Has A Solid Track Record

The company has been paying a dividend for a long time, and it has been quite stable which gives us confidence in the future dividend potential. Since 2012, the annual payment back then was CA$2.15, compared to the most recent full-year payment of CA$2.25. Its dividends have grown at less than 1% per annum over this time frame. Although we can't deny that the dividend has been remarkably stable in the past, the growth has been pretty muted.

The Dividend's Growth Prospects Are Limited

Investors could be attracted to the stock based on the quality of its payment history. However, IGM Financial has only grown its earnings per share at 3.9% per annum over the past five years. The company has been growing at a pretty soft 3.9% per annum, and is paying out quite a lot of its earnings to shareholders. This could mean the dividend doesn't have the growth potential we look for going into the future.

We Really Like IGM Financial's Dividend

Overall, we think that this is a great income investment, and we think that maintaining the dividend this year may have been a conservative choice. 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.

Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. At the same time, there are other factors our readers should be conscious of before pouring capital into a stock. Earnings growth generally bodes well for the future value of company dividend payments. See if the 6 IGM Financial analysts we track are forecasting continued growth with our free report on analyst estimates for the company. Is IGM Financial not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.

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