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StepLtd's (TSE:9795) Dividend Will Be ¥37.00

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The board of Step Co.,Ltd. (TSE:9795) has announced that it will pay a dividend on the 19th of December, with investors receiving ¥37.00 per share. The dividend yield of 3.8% is still a nice boost to shareholder returns, despite the cut.

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StepLtd's Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings

A big dividend yield for a few years doesn't mean much if it can't be sustained. Prior to this announcement, StepLtd's dividend was comfortably covered by both cash flow and earnings. This means that a large portion of its earnings are being retained to grow the business.

Over the next year, EPS could expand by 6.1% if recent trends continue. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio will be 52%, which is in the range that makes us comfortable with the sustainability of the dividend.

TSE:9795 Historic Dividend April 27th 2024

StepLtd Doesn't Have A Long Payment History

Looking back, the dividend has been stable, but the company hasn't been paying a dividend for very long so we can't be confident that the dividend will remain stable through all economic environments. The dividend has gone from an annual total of ¥40.00 in 2020 to the most recent total annual payment of ¥74.00. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 17% over that duration. StepLtd has been growing its dividend quite rapidly, which is exciting. However, the short payment history makes us question whether this performance will persist across a full market cycle.

We Could See StepLtd's Dividend Growing

Investors could be attracted to the stock based on the quality of its payment history. StepLtd has impressed us by growing EPS at 6.1% per year over the past five years. The company is paying a reasonable amount of earnings to shareholders, and is growing earnings at a decent rate so we think it could be a decent dividend stock.

In Summary

Even though the dividend was cut this year, we think StepLtd has the ability to make consistent payments in the future. The payout ratio looks good, but unfortunately the company's dividend track record isn't stellar. Taking all of this into consideration, the dividend looks viable moving forward, but investors should be mindful that the company has pushed the boundaries of sustainability in the past and may do so again.

Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. Still, investors need to consider a host of other factors, apart from dividend payments, when analysing a company. As an example, we've identified 1 warning sign for StepLtd that you should be aware of before investing. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.

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