JTC's (LON:JTC) Dividend Will Be Increased To UK£0.051

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The board of JTC PLC (LON:JTC) has announced that it will be increasing its dividend on the 8th of July to UK£0.051. This takes the annual payment to 1.1% of the current stock price, which unfortunately is below what the industry is paying.

Check out our latest analysis for JTC

JTC's Payment Has Solid Earnings Coverage

If it is predictable over a long period, even low dividend yields can be attractive. However, prior to this announcement, JTC's dividend was comfortably covered by both cash flow and earnings. As a result, a large proportion of what it earned was being reinvested back into the business.

The next year is set to see EPS grow by 37.1%. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio will be 42%, which is in the range that makes us comfortable with the sustainability of the dividend.

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JTC Is Still Building Its Track Record

The company has maintained a consistent dividend for a few years now, but we would like to see a longer track record before relying on it. The dividend has gone from UK£0.02 in 2018 to the most recent annual payment of UK£0.077. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 40% per annum over that time. The dividend has been growing rapidly, however with such a short payment history we can't know for sure if payment can continue to grow over the long term, so caution may be warranted.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

Some investors will be chomping at the bit to buy some of the company's stock based on its dividend history. JTC has impressed us by growing EPS at 113% per year over the past five years. Rapid earnings growth and a low payout ratio suggest this company has been effectively reinvesting in its business. Should that continue, this company could have a bright future.

We'd also point out that JTC has issued stock equal to 21% of shares outstanding. Regularly doing this can be detrimental - it's hard to grow dividends per share when new shares are regularly being created.

JTC Looks Like A Great Dividend Stock

Overall, we think this could be an attractive income stock, and it is only getting better by paying a higher dividend this year. The company is easily earning enough to cover its dividend payments and it is great to see that these earnings are being translated into cash flow. All of these factors considered, we think this has solid potential as a dividend stock.

It's important to note that companies having a consistent dividend policy will generate greater investor confidence than those having an erratic one. However, there are other things to consider for investors when analysing stock performance. For instance, we've picked out 3 warning signs for JTC that investors should take into consideration. If you are a dividend investor, you might also want to look at our curated list of high yield dividend stocks.

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