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Republic Services (NYSE:RSG) Has Announced That It Will Be Increasing Its Dividend To $0.495

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Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE:RSG) has announced that it will be increasing its periodic dividend on the 14th of October to $0.495, which will be 7.6% higher than last year's comparable payment amount of $0.46. This makes the dividend yield about the same as the industry average at 1.3%.

See our latest analysis for Republic Services

Republic Services' Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings

Solid dividend yields are great, but they only really help us if the payment is sustainable. The last dividend was quite easily covered by Republic Services' earnings. This indicates that a lot of the earnings are being reinvested into the business, with the aim of fueling growth.

Over the next year, EPS is forecast to expand by 31.4%. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio will be 36%, which is in the range that makes us comfortable with the sustainability of the dividend.

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Republic Services Has A Solid Track Record

The company has a sustained record of paying dividends with very little fluctuation. The annual payment during the last 10 years was $0.88 in 2012, and the most recent fiscal year payment was $1.84. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 7.7% over that duration. Dividends have grown at a reasonable rate over this period, and without any major cuts in the payment over time, we think this is an attractive combination as it provides a nice boost to shareholder returns.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

The company's investors will be pleased to have been receiving dividend income for some time. It's encouraging to see that Republic Services has been growing its earnings per share at 18% a year over the past five years. Since earnings per share is growing at an acceptable rate, and the payout policy is balanced, we think the company is positioning itself well to grow earnings and dividends in the future.

We Really Like Republic Services' Dividend

Overall, we think this could be an attractive income stock, and it is only getting better by paying a higher dividend this year. Distributions are quite easily covered by earnings, which are also being converted to cash flows. Taking this all into consideration, this looks like it could be a good dividend opportunity.

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. For example, we've picked out 1 warning sign for Republic Services that investors should know about before committing capital to this stock. Is Republic Services not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.

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