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International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM) Has Announced That It Will Be Increasing Its Dividend To $1.67

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International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) has announced that it will be increasing its periodic dividend on the 10th of June to $1.67, which will be 0.6% higher than last year’s comparable payment amount of $1.66. This will take the annual payment to 3.9% of the stock price, which is above what most companies in the industry pay.

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International Business Machines’ Payment Has Solid Earnings Coverage

Impressive dividend yields are good, but this doesn’t matter much if the payments can’t be sustained. Before this announcement, International Business Machines was paying out 74% of earnings, but a comparatively small 48% of free cash flows. In general, cash flows are more important than earnings, so we are comfortable that the dividend will be sustainable going forward, especially with so much cash left over for reinvestment.

Over the next year, EPS is forecast to expand by 10.3%. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio will be 71%, which is in the range that makes us comfortable with the sustainability of the dividend.

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NYSE:IBM Historic Dividend May 7th 2024

International Business Machines 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 2014, the dividend has gone from $3.80 total annually to $6.64. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 5.7% over that duration. Dividends have grown at a reasonable rate over this period, and without any major cuts in the payment over time, we think this is an attractive combination as it provides a nice boost to shareholder returns.

The Dividend’s Growth Prospects Are Limited

Investors could be attracted to the stock based on the quality of its payment history. Unfortunately things aren’t as good as they seem. International Business Machines hasn’t seen much change in its earnings per share over the last five years.

In Summary

In summary, it’s great to see that the company can raise the dividend and keep it in a sustainable range. The earnings coverage is acceptable for now, but with earnings on the decline we would definitely keep an eye on the payout ratio. Taking all of this into consideration, the dividend looks viable moving forward, but investors should be mindful that the company has pushed the boundaries of sustainability in the past and may do so again.

It’s important to note that companies having a consistent dividend policy will generate greater investor confidence than those having an erratic one. At the same time, there are other factors our readers should be conscious of before pouring capital into a stock. For instance, we’ve picked out 1 warning sign for International Business Machines that investors should take into consideration. Is International Business Machines not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.

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