Lincoln Electric Holdings (NASDAQ:LECO) Has Announced That It Will Be Increasing Its Dividend To $0.71

Lincoln Electric Holdings -0.57%

Lincoln Electric Holdings

LECO

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Lincoln Electric Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:LECO) will increase its dividend from last year's comparable payment on the 12th of January to $0.71. The payment will take the dividend yield to 1.5%, which is in line with the average for the industry.

See our latest analysis for Lincoln Electric Holdings

Lincoln Electric Holdings' Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings

Unless the payments are sustainable, the dividend yield doesn't mean too much. However, prior to this announcement, Lincoln Electric Holdings' dividend was comfortably covered by both cash flow and earnings. This means that most of what the business earns is being used to help it grow.

The next year is set to see EPS grow by 29.5%. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio will be 26%, which is in the range that makes us comfortable with the sustainability of the dividend.

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NasdaqGS:LECO Historic Dividend November 29th 2023

Lincoln Electric Holdings Has A Solid Track Record

The company has a sustained record of paying dividends with very little fluctuation. The dividend has gone from an annual total of $0.80 in 2013 to the most recent total annual payment of $2.84. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 14% over that duration. Rapidly growing dividends for a long time is a very valuable feature for an income stock.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

Investors could be attracted to the stock based on the quality of its payment history. We are encouraged to see that Lincoln Electric Holdings has grown earnings per share at 20% 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 Really Like Lincoln Electric Holdings' Dividend

Overall, a dividend increase is always good, and we think that Lincoln Electric Holdings is a strong income stock thanks to its track record and growing earnings. Distributions are quite easily covered by earnings, which are also being converted to cash flows. Taking this all into consideration, this looks like it could be a good dividend opportunity.

It's important to note that companies having a consistent dividend policy will generate greater investor confidence than those having an erratic one. Meanwhile, despite the importance of dividend payments, they are not the only factors our readers should know when assessing a company. For example, we've picked out 1 warning sign for Lincoln Electric Holdings that investors should know about before committing capital to this stock. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.

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