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Restaurant Brands International (NYSE:QSR) Will Pay A Dividend Of $0.58

Restaurant Brands International Inc. (NYSE:QSR) will pay a dividend of $0.58 on the 5th of July. This takes the dividend yield to 3.4%, which shareholders will be pleased with.

See our latest analysis for Restaurant Brands International

Restaurant Brands International's Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings

We like to see robust dividend yields, but that doesn't matter if the payment isn't sustainable. Prior to this announcement, Restaurant Brands International was quite comfortably covering its dividend with earnings and it was paying more than 75% of its free cash flow to shareholders. The company is clearly earning enough to pay this type of dividend, but it is definitely focused on returning cash to shareholders, rather than growing the business.


Over the next year, EPS is forecast to expand by 15.9%. Assuming the dividend continues along recent trends, we think the payout ratio could be 59% by next year, which is in a pretty sustainable range.


Restaurant Brands International Is Still Building Its Track Record

Even though the company has been paying a consistent dividend for a while, we would like to see a few more years before we feel comfortable relying on it. Since 2015, the dividend has gone from $0.36 total annually to $2.32. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 23% over that duration. It is always nice to see strong dividend growth, but with such a short payment history we wouldn't be inclined to rely on it until a longer track record can be developed.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

Investors who have held shares in the company for the past few years will be happy with the dividend income they have received. We are encouraged to see that Restaurant Brands International has grown earnings per share at 10% per year over the past five years. The company is paying a reasonable amount of earnings to shareholders, and is growing earnings at a decent rate so we think it could be a decent dividend stock.

In Summary

In summary, while it's always good to see the dividend being raised, we don't think Restaurant Brands International's payments are rock solid. While Restaurant Brands International is earning enough to cover the dividend, we are generally unimpressed with its future prospects. We don't think Restaurant Brands International is a great stock to add to your portfolio if income is your focus.

Investors generally tend to favour companies with a consistent, stable dividend policy as opposed to those operating an irregular one. Still, investors need to consider a host of other factors, apart from dividend payments, when analysing a company. Just as an example, we've come across 2 warning signs for Restaurant Brands International you should be aware of, and 1 of them is concerning. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.

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