The board of ACCO Brands Corporation (NYSE:ACCO) has announced that it will pay a dividend of $0.075 per share on the 20th of September. This means the annual payment is 4.4% of the current stock price, which is above the average for the industry.
ACCO Brands' Payment Has Solid Earnings Coverage
Impressive dividend yields are good, but this doesn't matter much if the payments can't be sustained. Before making this announcement, ACCO Brands was easily earning enough to cover the dividend. This means that most of its earnings are being retained to grow the business.
Over the next year, EPS is forecast to expand by 32.0%. Assuming the dividend continues along recent trends, we think the payout ratio could be 22% by next year, which is in a pretty sustainable range.
ACCO Brands Doesn't Have A Long Payment History
The dividend has been pretty stable looking back, but the company hasn't been paying one for very long. This makes it tough to judge how it would fare through a full economic cycle. Since 2018, the dividend has gone from $0.24 total annually to $0.30. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 5.7% per annum over that time. ACCO Brands has a nice track record of dividend growth but we would wait until we see a longer track record before getting too confident.
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. We are encouraged to see that ACCO Brands has grown earnings per share at 18% per year over the past five years. ACCO Brands definitely has the potential to grow its dividend in the future with earnings on an uptrend and a low payout ratio.
We Really Like ACCO Brands' Dividend
In summary, it is good to see that the dividend is staying consistent, and we don't think there is any reason to suspect this might change over the medium term. 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. Taking this all into consideration, this looks like it could be a good dividend opportunity.
It's important to note that companies having a consistent dividend policy will generate greater investor confidence than those having an erratic one. Still, investors need to consider a host of other factors, apart from dividend payments, when analysing a company. Case in point: We've spotted 2 warning signs for ACCO Brands (of which 1 is a bit unpleasant!) you should know about. Is ACCO Brands not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.
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