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StepLtd (TSE:9795) Has Announced A Dividend Of ¥37.00

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Step Co.,Ltd.'s (TSE:9795) investors are due to receive a payment of ¥37.00 per share on 19th of December. However, the dividend yield of 3.9% is still a decent boost to shareholder returns.

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StepLtd's Payment Has Solid Earnings Coverage

A big dividend yield for a few years doesn't mean much if it can't be sustained. Based on the last payment, StepLtd was quite comfortably earning enough to cover the dividend. This means that a large portion of its earnings are being retained to grow the business.

Over the next year, EPS could expand by 4.6% if recent trends continue. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio will be 55%, which is in the range that makes us comfortable with the sustainability of the dividend.

TSE:9795 Historic Dividend June 2nd 2024

StepLtd Doesn't Have A Long Payment History

The dividend's track record has been pretty solid, but with only 5 years of history we want to see a few more years of history before making any solid conclusions. Since 2019, the dividend has gone from ¥40.00 total annually to ¥74.00. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 13% per annum over that time. The dividend has been growing rapidly, however with such a short payment history we can't know for sure if payment can continue to grow over the long term, so caution may be warranted.

StepLtd May Find It Hard To Grow The Dividend

Some investors will be chomping at the bit to buy some of the company's stock based on its dividend history. However, StepLtd has only grown its earnings per share at 4.6% per annum over the past five years. The company has been growing at a pretty soft 4.6% per annum, and is paying out quite a lot of its earnings to shareholders. This isn't necessarily bad, but we wouldn't expect rapid dividend growth in the future.

Our Thoughts On StepLtd's Dividend

Overall, while it's not great to see that the dividend has been cut, we think the company is now in a good position to make consistent payments going into the future. While the payout ratios are a good sign, we are less enthusiastic about the company's dividend record. This looks like it could be a good dividend stock going forward, but we would note that the payout ratio has been at higher levels in the past so it could happen again.

Investors generally tend to favour companies with a consistent, stable dividend policy as opposed to those operating an irregular one. Still, investors need to consider a host of other factors, apart from dividend payments, when analysing a company. For instance, we've picked out 1 warning sign for StepLtd that investors should take into consideration. Is StepLtd not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.

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