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FactSet Research Systems' (NYSE:FDS) Upcoming Dividend Will Be Larger Than Last Year's

The board of FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE:FDS) has announced that it will be paying its dividend of $1.04 on the 20th of June, an increased payment from last year's comparable dividend. Despite this raise, the dividend yield of 1.0% is only a modest boost to shareholder returns.

See our latest analysis for FactSet Research Systems

FactSet Research Systems' Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings

Even a low dividend yield can be attractive if it is sustained for years on end. Before making this announcement, FactSet Research Systems was easily earning enough to cover the dividend. As a result, a large proportion of what it earned was being reinvested back into the business.

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Looking forward, earnings per share is forecast to rise by 45.6% over the next year. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio will be 23%, which is in the range that makes us comfortable with the sustainability of the dividend.

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FactSet Research Systems Has A Solid Track Record

The company has an extended history of paying stable dividends. The dividend has gone from an annual total of $1.40 in 2014 to the most recent total annual payment of $4.16. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 12% a year over that time. So, dividends have been growing pretty quickly, and even more impressively, they haven't experienced any notable falls during this period.

The Dividend Has Growth Potential

Investors could be attracted to the stock based on the quality of its payment history. FactSet Research Systems has impressed us by growing EPS at 9.5% per year over the past five years. A low payout ratio and decent growth suggests that the company is reinvesting well, and it also has plenty of room to increase the dividend over time.

We Really Like FactSet Research Systems' 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. 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. However, there are other things to consider for investors when analysing stock performance. For instance, we've picked out 2 warning signs for FactSet Research Systems that investors should take into consideration. Is FactSet Research Systems not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.

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