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Northern Trust (NASDAQ:NTRS) Is Increasing Its Dividend To $0.75

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The board of Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:NTRS) has announced that it will be increasing its dividend by 7.1% on the 1st of October to $0.75, up from last year's comparable payment of $0.70. Based on this payment, the dividend yield for the company will be 2.9%, which is fairly typical for the industry.

View our latest analysis for Northern Trust

Northern Trust's Payment Expected To Have Solid Earnings Coverage

We aren't too impressed by dividend yields unless they can be sustained over time.

Northern Trust has a long history of paying out dividends, with its current track record at a minimum of 10 years. Based on Northern Trust's last earnings report, the payout ratio is at a decent 39%, meaning that the company is able to pay out its dividend with a bit of room to spare.

Looking forward, EPS is forecast to rise by 30.4% over the next 3 years. Analysts estimate the future payout ratio will be 35% over the same time period, which is in the range that makes us comfortable with the sustainability of the dividend.


Northern Trust Has A Solid Track Record

The company has a sustained record of paying dividends with very little fluctuation. The annual payment during the last 10 years was $1.12 in 2012, and the most recent fiscal year payment was $2.80. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 9.6% a year over that time. The growth of the dividend has been pretty reliable, so we think this can offer investors some nice additional income in their portfolio.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

Investors could be attracted to the stock based on the quality of its payment history. Northern Trust has seen EPS rising for the last five years, at 10% per annum. Northern Trust definitely has the potential to grow its dividend in the future with earnings on an uptrend and a low payout ratio.

We Really Like Northern Trust's Dividend

Overall, a dividend increase is always good, and we think that Northern Trust is a strong income stock thanks to its track record and growing earnings. Earnings are easily covering distributions, and the company is generating plenty of cash. All in all, this checks a lot of the boxes we look for when choosing an income stock.

It's important to note that companies having a consistent dividend policy will generate greater investor confidence than those having an erratic one. Still, investors need to consider a host of other factors, apart from dividend payments, when analysing a company. Companies that are growing earnings tend to be the best dividend stocks over the long term. See what the 15 analysts we track are forecasting for Northern Trust for free with public analyst estimates for the company. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.

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