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Jack Henry & Associates (NASDAQ:JKHY) Has Announced That It Will Be Increasing Its Dividend To $0.55

The board of Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. (NASDAQ:JKHY) has announced that the dividend on 26th of March will be increased to $0.55, which will be 5.8% higher than last year's payment of $0.52 which covered the same period. This takes the annual payment to 1.2% of the current stock price, which is about average for the industry.

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Jack Henry & Associates' Payment Has Solid Earnings Coverage

While it is always good to see a solid dividend yield, we should also consider whether the payment is feasible. The last dividend was quite easily covered by Jack Henry & Associates' earnings. This indicates that a lot of the earnings are being reinvested into the business, with the aim of fueling growth.

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Over the next year, EPS is forecast to expand by 35.4%. If the dividend continues on this path, the payout ratio could be 34% by next year, which we think can be pretty sustainable going forward.

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Jack Henry & Associates Has A Solid Track Record

The company has an extended history of paying stable dividends. Since 2014, the dividend has gone from $0.80 total annually to $2.08. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 10% per annum over that time. We can see that payments have shown some very nice upward momentum without faltering, which provides some reassurance that future payments will also be reliable.

Jack Henry & Associates Could Grow Its Dividend

Investors who have held shares in the company for the past few years will be happy with the dividend income they have received. It's encouraging to see that Jack Henry & Associates has been growing its earnings per share at 6.5% a year over the past five years. Since earnings per share is growing at an acceptable rate, and the payout policy is balanced, we think the company is positioning itself well to grow earnings and dividends in the future.

We Really Like Jack Henry & Associates' Dividend

In summary, it is always positive to see the dividend being increased, and we are particularly pleased with its overall sustainability. Earnings are easily covering distributions, and the company is generating plenty of cash. All in all, this checks a lot of the boxes we look for when choosing an income stock.

Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. However, there are other things to consider for investors when analysing stock performance. Earnings growth generally bodes well for the future value of company dividend payments. See if the 15 Jack Henry & Associates analysts we track are forecasting continued growth with our free report on analyst estimates for the company. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.

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