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ATCO (TSE:ACO.X) Is Increasing Its Dividend To CA$0.4898

ATCO Ltd. (TSE:ACO.X) will increase its dividend from last year's comparable payment on the 31st of March to CA$0.4898. Based on this payment, the dividend yield for the company will be 5.3%, which is fairly typical for the industry.

View our latest analysis for ATCO

ATCO's Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings

Unless the payments are sustainable, the dividend yield doesn't mean too much. Prior to this announcement, ATCO's dividend was comfortably covered by both cash flow and earnings. This means that a large portion of its earnings are being retained to grow the business.

EPS is set to fall by 1.4% over the next 12 months. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio could be 57%, which we consider to be quite comfortable, with most of the company's earnings left over to grow the business in the future.

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ATCO Has A Solid Track Record

The company has an extended history of paying stable dividends. Since 2014, the dividend has gone from CA$0.75 total annually to CA$1.96. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 10% over that duration. We can see that payments have shown some very nice upward momentum without faltering, which provides some reassurance that future payments will also be reliable.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

The company's investors will be pleased to have been receiving dividend income for some time. ATCO has impressed us by growing EPS at 14% 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.

We Really Like ATCO's Dividend

In summary, it is always positive to see the dividend being increased, and we are particularly pleased with its overall sustainability. The distributions are easily covered by earnings, and there is plenty of cash being generated as well. If earnings do fall over the next 12 months, the dividend could be buffeted a little bit, but we don't think it should cause too much of a problem in the long term. All of these factors considered, we think this has solid potential as a dividend stock.

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Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. Meanwhile, despite the importance of dividend payments, they are not the only factors our readers should know when assessing a company. As an example, we've identified 1 warning sign for ATCO that you should be aware of before investing. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.

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