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S&U plc (LON:SUS) Looks Like A Good Stock, And It's Going Ex-Dividend Soon

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Readers hoping to buy S&U plc (LON:SUS) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly, as the stock is about to trade ex-dividend. Ex-dividend means that investors that purchase the stock on or after the 18th of February will not receive this dividend, which will be paid on the 12th of March.

S&U's next dividend payment will be UK£0.25 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of UK£1.20 per share. Calculating the last year's worth of payments shows that S&U has a trailing yield of 4.3% on the current share price of £22.8. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether S&U's dividend is reliable and sustainable. So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.

View our latest analysis for S&U

Dividends are typically paid out of company income, so if a company pays out more than it earned, its dividend is usually at a higher risk of being cut. S&U is paying out an acceptable 66% of its profit, a common payout level among most companies.

Generally speaking, the lower a company's payout ratios, the more resilient its dividend usually is.

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

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Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Companies with consistently growing earnings per share generally make the best dividend stocks, as they usually find it easier to grow dividends per share. If business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. Fortunately for readers, S&U's earnings per share have been growing at 10% a year for the past five years.

Another key way to measure a company's dividend prospects is by measuring its historical rate of dividend growth. S&U has delivered an average of 11% per year annual increase in its dividend, based on the past 10 years of dividend payments. It's great to see earnings per share growing rapidly over several years, and dividends per share growing right along with it.

Final Takeaway

Is S&U worth buying for its dividend? S&U has an acceptable payout ratio and its earnings per share have been improving at a decent rate. In summary, S&U appears to have some promise as a dividend stock, and we'd suggest taking a closer look at it.

So while S&U looks good from a dividend perspective, it's always worthwhile being up to date with the risks involved in this stock. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 5 warning signs for S&U you should know about.

A common investment mistake is buying the first interesting stock you see. Here you can find a list of promising dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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