Cerillion's (LON:CER) Upcoming Dividend Will Be Larger Than Last Year's

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 24, 2021
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Cerillion Plc (LON:CER) will increase its dividend on the 8th of February to UK£0.05. Despite this raise, the dividend yield of 0.9% is only a modest boost to shareholder returns.

See our latest analysis for Cerillion

Cerillion's Earnings Easily Cover the Distributions

It would be nice for the yield to be higher, but we should also check if higher levels of dividend payment would be sustainable. However, Cerillion's earnings easily cover the dividend. This means that most of its earnings are being retained to grow the business.

Looking forward, earnings per share could rise by 75.4% over the next year if the trend from the last few years continues. If the dividend continues on this path, the payout ratio could be 21% by next year, which we think can be pretty sustainable going forward.

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AIM:CER Historic Dividend November 25th 2021

Cerillion Is Still Building Its Track Record

Cerillion's dividend has been pretty stable for a little while now, but we will continue to be cautious until it has been demonstrated for a few more years. Since 2015, the first annual payment was UK£0.026, compared to the most recent full-year payment of UK£0.071. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 18% per annum over that time. We're not overly excited about the relatively short history of dividend payments, however the dividend is growing at a nice rate and we might take a closer look.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

Some investors will be chomping at the bit to buy some of the company's stock based on its dividend history. Cerillion has impressed us by growing EPS at 75% per year over the past five years. Earnings have been growing rapidly, and with a low payout ratio we think that the company could turn out to be a great dividend stock.

We Really Like Cerillion's Dividend

Overall, we think this could be an attractive income stock, and it is only getting better by paying a higher dividend this year. The company is easily earning enough to cover its dividend payments and it is great to see that these earnings are being translated into cash flow. All of these factors considered, we think this has solid potential as a dividend stock.

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. Companies that are growing earnings tend to be the best dividend stocks over the long term. See what the 3 analysts we track are forecasting for Cerillion for free with public analyst estimates for the company. We have also put together a list of global stocks with a solid dividend.

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