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Renasant Corporation's (NASDAQ:RNST) investors are due to receive a payment of US$0.22 per share on 30th of June. This means the dividend yield will be fairly typical at 2.8%.
Renasant's Payment Has Solid Earnings Coverage
We like a dividend to be consistent over the long term, so checking whether it is sustainable is important. However, Renasant's earnings easily cover the dividend. This means that most of what the business earns is being used to help it grow.
The next year is set to see EPS grow by 1.5%. If the dividend continues on this path, the payout ratio could be 34% by next year, which we think can be pretty sustainable going forward.
Renasant Has A Solid Track Record
The company has an extended history of paying stable dividends. The dividend has gone from US$0.68 in 2012 to the most recent annual payment of US$0.88. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 2.6% per annum over that time. 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.
Renasant May Find It Hard To Grow The Dividend
The company's investors will be pleased to have been receiving dividend income for some time. Earnings has been rising at 4.3% per annum over the last five years, which admittedly is a bit slow. While EPS growth is quite low, Renasant has the option to increase the payout ratio to return more cash to shareholders.
We Really Like Renasant's Dividend
In summary, it is good to see that the dividend is staying consistent, and we don't think there is any reason to suspect this might change over the medium term. Distributions are quite easily covered by earnings, which are also being converted to cash flows. 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. Companies that are growing earnings tend to be the best dividend stocks over the long term. See what the 8 analysts we track are forecasting for Renasant 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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