James Latham (LON:LTHM) Is Increasing Its Dividend To £0.27

July 15, 2022
  •  Updated
July 29, 2022
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James Latham plc (LON:LTHM) has announced that it will be increasing its dividend from last year's comparable payment on the 2nd of September to £0.27. This takes the annual payment to 1.9% of the current stock price, which is about average for the industry.

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James Latham's Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings

We like to see a healthy dividend yield, but that is only helpful to us if the payment can continue. Before making this announcement, James Latham was easily earning enough to cover the dividend. This means that most of what the business earns is being used to help it grow.

Over the next year, EPS could expand by 32.8% if recent trends continue. Assuming the dividend continues along recent trends, we think the payout ratio could be 12% by next year, which is in a pretty sustainable range.

AIM:LTHM Historic Dividend July 15th 2022

James Latham Has A Solid Track Record

The company has an extended history of paying stable dividends. The annual payment during the last 10 years was £0.0925 in 2012, and the most recent fiscal year payment was £0.255. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 11% per annum over that time. So, dividends have been growing pretty quickly, and even more impressively, they haven't experienced any notable falls during this period.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

Investors could be attracted to the stock based on the quality of its payment history. James Latham has impressed us by growing EPS at 33% per year over the past five years. 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.

James Latham Looks Like A Great Dividend Stock

Overall, we think this could be an attractive income stock, and it is only getting better by paying a higher dividend this year. Earnings are easily covering distributions, and the company is generating plenty of cash. Taking this all into consideration, this looks like it could be a good dividend opportunity.

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 James Latham that investors should take into consideration. Is James Latham not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.

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