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Average percent payout

• The average of the percentage of a company's profits paid out in dividends to shareholders, typically calculated over the last five years. A high percent payout can be a danger sign. Recent payout figures higher than 50%, and higher than the average payout, may forewarn of a dividend cut. A dividend cut would likely cause the stock price to fall. Generally, the higher the payout ratio, the lower the expected growth rate for the company's EPS in the future.
Sometimes, although the dividend payout is more than earnings, the company has strong cash flow and can cover the dividend in the short term. However, a company paying out dividends in excess of earnings on a recurring basis is a risky investment.

 
 

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