Dewhurst (LON:DWHT) Is Increasing Its Dividend To UK£0.098

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Simply Wall St
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December 11, 2021
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Dewhurst plc's (LON:DWHT) dividend will be increasing on the 23rd of February to UK£0.098, with investors receiving 5.4% more than last year. Despite this raise, the dividend yield of 1.0% is only a modest boost to shareholder returns.

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Dewhurst's Payment Has Solid Earnings Coverage

While yield is important, another factor to consider about a company's dividend is whether the current payout levels are feasible. Before making this announcement, Dewhurst was easily earning enough to cover the dividend. This means that most of what the business earns is being used to help it grow.

If the trend of the last few years continues, EPS will grow by 16.4% over the next 12 months. If the dividend continues on this path, the payout ratio could be 15% by next year, which we think can be pretty sustainable going forward.

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AIM:DWHT Historic Dividend December 11th 2021

Dewhurst 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 UK£0.067 to UK£0.14. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 7.7% per annum 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 could be attracted to the stock based on the quality of its payment history. It's encouraging to see Dewhurst has been growing its earnings per share at 16% a year over the past five years. Dewhurst definitely has the potential to grow its dividend in the future with earnings on an uptrend and a low payout ratio.

We Really Like Dewhurst's Dividend

Overall, a dividend increase is always good, and we think that Dewhurst is a strong income stock thanks to its track record and growing earnings. Distributions are quite easily covered by earnings, which are also being converted to cash flows. Taking this all into consideration, this looks like it could be a good dividend opportunity.

Market movements attest to how highly valued a consistent dividend policy is compared to one which is more unpredictable. At the same time, there are other factors our readers should be conscious of before pouring capital into a stock. For example, we've picked out 2 warning signs for Dewhurst that investors should know about before committing capital to this stock. We have also put together a list of global stocks with a solid dividend.

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