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Lundin Mining (TSE:LUN) Is Paying Out A Larger Dividend Than Last Year

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The board of Lundin Mining Corporation (TSE:LUN) has announced that it will be increasing its dividend on the 15th of December to CA$0.09. This will take the annual payment from 3.4% to 3.6% of the stock price, which is above what most companies in the industry pay.

Check out our latest analysis for Lundin Mining

Lundin Mining's Earnings Easily Cover the Distributions

While it is great to have a strong dividend yield, we should also consider whether the payment is sustainable. However, prior to this announcement, Lundin Mining's dividend was comfortably covered by both cash flow and earnings. 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 17.5%. If the dividend continues on this path, the payout ratio could be 45% by next year, which we think can be pretty sustainable going forward.

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Lundin Mining Is Still Building Its Track Record

Lundin Mining's dividend has been pretty stable for a little while now, but we will continue to be cautious until it has been demonstrated for a few more years. The first annual payment during the last 5 years was US$0.088 in 2016, and the most recent fiscal year payment was US$0.28. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 26% per annum over that time. 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

Some investors will be chomping at the bit to buy some of the company's stock based on its dividend history. It's encouraging to see Lundin Mining has been growing its earnings per share at 22% a year over the past five years. Earnings have been growing rapidly, and with a low payout ratio we think that the company could turn out to be a great dividend stock.

Lundin Mining Looks Like A Great Dividend Stock

In summary, it is always positive to see the dividend being increased, and we are particularly pleased with its overall sustainability. 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.

Market movements attest to how highly valued a consistent dividend policy is compared to one which is more unpredictable. Meanwhile, despite the importance of dividend payments, they are not the only factors our readers should know when assessing a company. To that end, Lundin Mining has 2 warning signs (and 1 which is a bit unpleasant) we think you should know about. We have also put together a list of global stocks with a solid dividend.

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