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Read This Before Considering CRISIL Limited (NSE:CRISIL) For Its Upcoming 0.5% Dividend

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Readers hoping to buy CRISIL Limited (NSE:CRISIL) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly, as the stock is about to trade ex-dividend. You can purchase shares before the 21st of November in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 29th of November.

CRISIL's next dividend payment will be ₹7.00 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of ₹30.00 per share. Calculating the last year's worth of payments shows that CRISIL has a trailing yield of 2.0% on the current share price of ₹1481.1. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. We need to see whether the dividend is covered by earnings and if it's growing.

See our latest analysis for CRISIL

If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. CRISIL paid out more than half (60%) of its earnings last year, which is a regular payout ratio for most companies.

When a company paid out less in dividends than it earned in profit, this generally suggests its dividend is affordable. The lower the % of its profit that it pays out, the greater the margin of safety for the dividend if the business enters a downturn.

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

NSEI:CRISIL Historical Dividend Yield, November 17th 2019

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Businesses with strong growth prospects usually make the best dividend payers, because it's easier to grow dividends when earnings per share are improving. If earnings fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. This is why it's a relief to see CRISIL earnings per share are up 3.5% per annum over the last five years.

Another key way to measure a company's dividend prospects is by measuring its historical rate of dividend growth. Since the start of our data, ten years ago, CRISIL has lifted its dividend by approximately 16% a year on average. We're glad to see dividends rising alongside earnings over a number of years, which may be a sign the company intends to share the growth with shareholders.

To Sum It Up

Should investors buy CRISIL for the upcoming dividend? Earnings per share have been growing at a reasonable rate, and the company is paying out a bit over half its earnings as dividends. It might be worth researching if the company is reinvesting in growth projects that could grow earnings and dividends in the future, but for now we're on the fence about its dividend prospects.

Ever wonder what the future holds for CRISIL? See what the three analysts we track 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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