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4imprint Group (LON:FOUR) Is Increasing Its Dividend To $2.65

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4imprint Group plc's (LON:FOUR) dividend will be increasing from last year's payment of the same period to $2.65 on 1st of June. This takes the dividend yield to 4.2%, which shareholders will be pleased with.

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4imprint Group's Earnings Easily Cover The Distributions

We like to see robust dividend yields, but that doesn't matter if the payment isn't sustainable. The last payment was quite easily covered by earnings, but it made up 98% of cash flows. This signals that the company is more focused on returning cash flow to shareholders, but it could mean that the dividend is exposed to cuts in the future.

Over the next year, EPS is forecast to expand by 25.9%. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio could reach 87%, which is on the higher side, but certainly still feasible.

LSE:FOUR Historic Dividend March 18th 2023

Dividend Volatility

The company's dividend history has been marked by instability, with at least one cut in the last 10 years. The dividend has gone from an annual total of $0.219 in 2013 to the most recent total annual payment of $2.40. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 27% a year over that time. Dividends have grown rapidly over this time, but with cuts in the past we are not certain that this stock will be a reliable source of income in the future.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

Given that the dividend has been cut in the past, we need to check if earnings are growing and if that might lead to stronger dividends in the future. 4imprint Group has impressed us by growing EPS at 23% per year over the past five years. The company's earnings per share has grown rapidly in recent years, and it has a good balance between reinvesting and paying dividends to shareholders, so we think that 4imprint Group could prove to be a strong dividend payer.

Our Thoughts On 4imprint Group's Dividend

In summary, while it's always good to see the dividend being raised, we don't think 4imprint Group's payments are rock solid. While 4imprint Group is earning enough to cover the payments, the cash flows are lacking. We would be a touch cautious of relying on this stock primarily for the dividend income.

Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. Meanwhile, despite the importance of dividend payments, they are not the only factors our readers should know when assessing a company. To that end, 4imprint Group has 2 warning signs (and 1 which is a bit unpleasant) we think you should know about. Is 4imprint Group not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.

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