Mears Group (LON:MER) Is Increasing Its Dividend To £0.0325




  • In Business
  • 2022-08-08 05:25:05Z
  • By Simply Wall St.
 

Mears Group plc (LON:MER) will increase its dividend on the 28th of October to £0.0325, which is 30% higher than last year's payment from the same period of £0.025. This will take the dividend yield to an attractive 3.9%, providing a nice boost to shareholder returns.

See our latest analysis for Mears Group

Mears Group's Earnings Easily Cover The Distributions

A big dividend yield for a few years doesn't mean much if it can't be sustained. Based on the last payment, Mears Group was quite comfortably earning enough to cover the dividend. This means that a large portion of its earnings are being retained to grow the business.

Looking forward, earnings per share is forecast to rise by 16.6% over the next year. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio will be 31%, which is in the range that makes us comfortable with the sustainability of the dividend.

Dividend Volatility

While the company has been paying a dividend for a long time, it has cut the dividend at least once in the last 10 years. Since 2012, the dividend has gone from £0.075 total annually to £0.08. Its dividends have grown at less than 1% per annum over this time frame. It's encouraging to see some dividend growth, but the dividend has been cut at least once, and the size of the cut would eliminate most of the growth anyway, which makes this less attractive as an income investment.

Mears Group May Find It Hard To Grow The Dividend

With a relatively unstable dividend, it's even more important to evaluate if earnings per share is growing, which could point to a growing dividend in the future. However, Mears Group's EPS was effectively flat over the past five years, which could stop the company from paying more every year.

Our Thoughts On Mears Group's Dividend

In summary, while it's always good to see the dividend being raised, we don't think Mears Group's payments are rock solid. In the past, the payments have been unstable, but over the short term the dividend could be reliable, with the company generating enough cash to cover it. We don't think Mears Group is a great stock to add to your portfolio if income is your focus.

Market movements attest to how highly valued a consistent dividend policy is compared to one which is more unpredictable. At the same time, there are other factors our readers should be conscious of before pouring capital into a stock. Taking the debate a bit further, we've identified 1 warning sign for Mears Group that investors need to be conscious of moving forward. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.

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