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Here's What We Like About ResMed's (NYSE:RMD) Upcoming Dividend

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Some investors rely on dividends for growing their wealth, and if you're one of those dividend sleuths, you might be intrigued to know that ResMed Inc. (NYSE:RMD) is about to go ex-dividend in just four days. The ex-dividend date is one business day before the record date, which is the cut-off date for shareholders to be present on the company's books to be eligible for a dividend payment. The ex-dividend date is an important date to be aware of as any purchase of the stock made on or after this date might mean a late settlement that doesn't show on the record date. Therefore, if you purchase ResMed's shares on or after the 11th of May, you won't be eligible to receive the dividend, when it is paid on the 16th of June.

The company's next dividend payment will be US$0.42 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed US$1.68 to shareholders. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, ResMed has a trailing yield of approximately 0.8% on its current stock price of $203.73. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether ResMed's dividend is reliable and sustainable. As a result, readers should always check whether ResMed has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.

View our latest analysis for ResMed

Dividends are typically paid out of company income, so if a company pays out more than it earned, its dividend is usually at a higher risk of being cut. ResMed paid out a comfortable 31% of its profit last year. A useful secondary check can be to evaluate whether ResMed generated enough free cash flow to afford its dividend. It paid out more than half (70%) of its free cash flow in the past year, which is within an average range for most companies.

It's positive to see that ResMed's dividend is covered by both profits and cash flow, since this is generally a sign that the dividend is sustainable, and a lower payout ratio usually suggests a greater margin of safety before the dividend gets cut.

Click here to see the company's payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.

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Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Businesses with strong growth prospects usually make the best dividend payers, because it's easier to grow dividends when earnings per share are improving. If earnings fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. For this reason, we're glad to see ResMed's earnings per share have risen 16% per annum over the last five years. ResMed is paying out a bit over half its earnings, which suggests the company is striking a balance between reinvesting in growth, and paying dividends. Given the quick rate of earnings per share growth and current level of payout, there may be a chance of further dividend increases in the future.

Another key way to measure a company's dividend prospects is by measuring its historical rate of dividend growth. ResMed has delivered 9.5% dividend growth per year on average over the past 10 years. We're glad to see dividends rising alongside earnings over a number of years, which may be a sign the company intends to share the growth with shareholders.

Final Takeaway

From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid ResMed? Earnings per share have grown at a nice rate in recent times and over the last year, ResMed paid out less than half its earnings and a bit over half its free cash flow. Overall we think this is an attractive combination and worthy of further research.

So while ResMed looks good from a dividend perspective, it's always worthwhile being up to date with the risks involved in this stock. Case in point: We've spotted 1 warning sign for ResMed you should be aware of.

If you're in the market for strong dividend payers, we recommend checking our selection of top dividend stocks.

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