QinetiQ Group's (LON:QQ.) Dividend Will Be Increased To £0.024
QinetiQ Group plc's (LON:QQ.) periodic dividend will be increasing on the 3rd of February to £0.024, with investors receiving 4.3% more than last year's £0.023. This takes the annual payment to 2.1% of the current stock price, which unfortunately is below what the industry is paying.
Check out our latest analysis for QinetiQ Group
QinetiQ Group's Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings
If it is predictable over a long period, even low dividend yields can be attractive. Before making this announcement, QinetiQ Group was easily earning enough to cover the dividend. This means that most of its earnings are being retained to grow the business.
Looking forward, earnings per share is forecast to fall by 11.6% over the next year. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio could be 28%, which we consider to be quite comfortable, with most of the company's earnings left over to grow the business in the future.
The company's dividend history has been marked by instability, with at least one cut in the last 10 years. Since 2012, the dividend has gone from £0.04 total annually to £0.074. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 6.3% over that duration. We have seen cuts in the past, so while the growth looks promising we would be a little bit cautious about its track record.
QinetiQ Group Could Grow Its Dividend
With a relatively unstable dividend, it's even more important to see if earnings per share is growing. We are encouraged to see that QinetiQ Group has grown earnings per share at 5.3% per year over the past five years. With a decent amount of growth and a low payout ratio, we think this bodes well for QinetiQ Group's prospects of growing its dividend payments in the future.
Overall, this is a reasonable dividend, and it being raised is an added bonus. The payout ratio looks good, but unfortunately the company's dividend track record isn't stellar. The payment isn't stellar, but it could make a decent addition to a dividend portfolio.
Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. At the same time, there are other factors our readers should be conscious of before pouring capital into a stock. Just as an example, we've come across 2 warning signs for QinetiQ Group you should be aware of, and 1 of them is potentially serious. If you are a dividend investor, you might also want to look at our curated list of high yield dividend stocks.
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