KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 3 days. You can purchase shares before the 26th of August in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 13th of September.
KeyCorp's next dividend payment will be US$0.18 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of US$0.74 to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, KeyCorp stock has a trailing yield of around 4.5% on the current share price of $16.38. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. So we need to investigate whether KeyCorp can afford its dividend, and if the dividend could grow.
If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. Fortunately KeyCorp's payout ratio is modest, at just 40% of profit.
Generally speaking, the lower a company's payout ratios, the more resilient its dividend usually is.
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 business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. Fortunately for readers, KeyCorp's earnings per share have been growing at 13% a year for the past five years.
The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. In the past 10 years, KeyCorp has increased its dividend at approximately 11% a year on average. Both per-share earnings and dividends have both been growing rapidly in recent times, which is great to see.
The Bottom Line
Is KeyCorp worth buying for its dividend? Companies like KeyCorp that are growing rapidly and paying out a low fraction of earnings, are usually reinvesting heavily in their business. This is one of the most attractive investment combinations under this analysis, as it can create substantial value for investors over the long run. In summary, KeyCorp appears to have some promise as a dividend stock, and we'd suggest taking a closer look at it.
Curious what other investors think of KeyCorp? See what analysts are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow .
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