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Safety Insurance Group, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:SAFT) investors are due to receive a payment of US$0.90 per share on 15th of September. This makes the dividend yield 4.5%, which will augment investor returns quite nicely.
Safety Insurance Group's Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings
If the payments aren't sustainable, a high yield for a few years won't matter that much. Before making this announcement, Safety Insurance Group was easily earning enough to cover the dividend. This means that most of its earnings are being retained to grow the business.
Over the next year, EPS could expand by 25.3% if recent trends continue. If the dividend continues on this path, the payout ratio could be 26% by next year, which we think can be pretty sustainable going forward.
Safety Insurance Group Has A Solid Track Record
Even over a long history of paying dividends, the company's distributions have been remarkably stable. Since 2011, the dividend has gone from US$2.00 to US$3.60. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 6.1% a year over that time. The dividend has been growing very nicely for a number of years, and has given its shareholders some nice income in their portfolios.
The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow
Investors who have held shares in the company for the past few years will be happy with the dividend income they have received. Safety Insurance Group has seen EPS rising for the last five years, at 25% per annum. Earnings per share is growing at a solid clip, and the payout ratio is low which we think is an ideal combination in a dividend stock as the company can quite easily raise the dividend in the future.
Safety Insurance Group Looks Like A Great Dividend Stock
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. 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. For instance, we've picked out 1 warning sign for Safety Insurance Group that investors should take into consideration. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our curated list of strong dividend payers.
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