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There's A Lot To Like About Persimmon Plc's (LON:PSN) Upcoming UK£1.25 Dividend

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Persimmon Plc (LON:PSN) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 3 days. You will need to purchase shares before the 5th of March to receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 2nd of April.

Persimmon's upcoming dividend is UK£1.25 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of UK£2.35 per share to shareholders. Calculating the last year's worth of payments shows that Persimmon has a trailing yield of 8.3% on the current share price of £28.39. We love seeing companies pay a dividend, but it's also important to be sure that laying the golden eggs isn't going to kill our golden goose! As a result, readers should always check whether Persimmon has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.

Check out our latest analysis for Persimmon

Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned in profit, then the dividend could be unsustainable.

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

LSE:PSN Historical Dividend Yield, March 1st 2020

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, Persimmon's earnings per share have been growing at 17% a year for the past five years. Persimmon has an average payout ratio which suggests a balance between growing earnings and rewarding shareholders. Given the quick rate of earnings per share growth and current level of payout, there may be a chance of further dividend increases in the future.

Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. Persimmon has delivered 44% dividend growth per year on average over the past ten years. It's exciting to see that both earnings and dividends per share have grown rapidly over the past few years.

To Sum It Up

Has Persimmon got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? When companies are growing rapidly and retaining a majority of the profits within the business, it's usually a sign that reinvesting earnings creates more value than paying dividends to shareholders. This is one of the most attractive investment combinations under this analysis, as it can create substantial value for investors over the long run. We think this is a pretty attractive combination, and would be interested in investigating Persimmon more closely.

Wondering what the future holds for Persimmon? See what the 15 analysts we track are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow

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