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Renishaw (LON:RSW) Is Paying Out A Larger Dividend Than Last Year

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The board of Renishaw plc (LON:RSW) has announced that it will be increasing its dividend on the 11th of April to UK£0.16. The announced payment will take the dividend yield to 1.7%, which is in line with the average for the industry.

Check out our latest analysis for Renishaw

Renishaw's Payment Has Solid Earnings Coverage

We like a dividend to be consistent over the long term, so checking whether it is sustainable is important. Before making this announcement, Renishaw was easily earning enough to cover the dividend. This means that most of what the business earns is being used to help it grow.

The next year is set to see EPS grow by 4.9%. If the dividend continues on this path, the payout ratio could be 37% by next year, which we think can be pretty sustainable going forward.

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Dividend Volatility

The company's dividend history has been marked by instability, with at least 1 cut in the last 10 years. Since 2012, the dividend has gone from UK£0.35 to UK£0.68. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 6.9% a year over that time. It's good to see the dividend growing at a decent rate, but the dividend has been cut at least once in the past. Renishaw might have put its house in order since then, but we remain cautious.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

Given that the dividend has been cut in the past, we need to check if earnings are growing and if that might lead to stronger dividends in the future. Renishaw has seen EPS rising for the last five years, at 21% per annum. A low payout ratio gives the company a lot of flexibility, and growing earnings also make it very easy for it to grow the dividend.

We Really Like Renishaw's Dividend

Overall, we think this could be an attractive income stock, and it is only getting better by paying a higher dividend this year. 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. All of these factors considered, we think this has solid potential as a dividend stock.

Investors generally tend to favour companies with a consistent, stable dividend policy as opposed to those operating an irregular one. At the same time, there are other factors our readers should be conscious of before pouring capital into a stock. Earnings growth generally bodes well for the future value of company dividend payments. See if the 9 Renishaw analysts we track are forecasting continued growth with our free report on analyst estimates for the company. Is Renishaw not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.

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