It is important that companies continue to raise it dividend year after year. In addition, it is also critical to make sure we understand that companies can sustain their dividends. Following are four companies that recently announced their quarterly results. Based on these results, it seems their dividends are covered and can be sustained.
Procter & Gamble Company (PG): The 4Q09 earning per share was $0.80 (vs. $0.84 in 3Q09).
- The key highlight was reduced earnings on q-o-q and y-o-y basis (vs. $0.92 in 4Q08) and reduced revenue.
- For year 2009, EPS increased by 17% to $3.64 (from $4.26). This increase is due to sale of Folger’s business unit.
- Yearly dividend of $1.76/share is well covered with earnings. Payout ratio is at 41%.