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Power Corporation of Canada (TSE:POW) Is Due To Pay A Dividend Of CA$0.495

Power Corporation of Canada (TSE:POW) will pay a dividend of CA$0.495 on the 1st of February. Based on this payment, the dividend yield on the company's stock will be 5.9%, which is an attractive boost to shareholder returns.

See our latest analysis for Power Corporation of Canada

Power Corporation of Canada's Earnings Easily Cover The Distributions

Impressive dividend yields are good, but this doesn't matter much if the payments can't be sustained. Prior to this announcement, Power Corporation of Canada's dividend was comfortably covered by both cash flow and earnings. This indicates that a lot of the earnings are being reinvested into the business, with the aim of fueling growth.

The next year is set to see EPS grow by 20.6%. Assuming the dividend continues along recent trends, we think the payout ratio could be 49% by next year, which is in a pretty sustainable range.

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Power Corporation of Canada Has A Solid Track Record

The company has been paying a dividend for a long time, and it has been quite stable which gives us confidence in the future dividend potential. Since 2012, the dividend has gone from CA$1.16 total annually to CA$1.98. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 5.5% a year over that time. Companies like this can be very valuable over the long term, if the decent rate of growth can be maintained.

Power Corporation of Canada May Find It Hard To Grow The Dividend

The company's investors will be pleased to have been receiving dividend income for some time. Earnings have grown at around 3.8% a year for the past five years, which isn't massive but still better than seeing them shrink. Growth of 3.8% per annum is not particularly high, which might explain why the company is paying out a higher proportion of earnings. This isn't bad in itself, but unless earnings growth pick up we wouldn't expect dividends to grow either.

We Really Like Power Corporation of Canada's Dividend

Overall, we think that this is a great income investment, and we think that maintaining the dividend this year may have been a conservative choice. 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.

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. Earnings growth generally bodes well for the future value of company dividend payments. See if the 4 Power Corporation of Canada analysts we track are forecasting continued growth with our free report on analyst estimates for the company. Is Power Corporation of Canada not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.

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