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NatWest Group (LON:NWG) Is Increasing Its Dividend To £0.10

NatWest Group plc (LON:NWG) will increase its dividend from last year's comparable payment on the 2nd of May to £0.10. This makes the dividend yield 4.8%, which is above the industry average.

Check out our latest analysis for NatWest Group

NatWest Group's Earnings Will Easily Cover The Distributions

Impressive dividend yields are good, but this doesn't matter much if the payments can't be sustained.

NatWest Group is just starting to establish itself as being able to pay dividends to shareholders, given its short 4-year history of distributing earnings. Taking data from NatWest Group's last earnings report, the payout ratio is at a decent 37%, meaning that the company is able to pay out its dividend with some room to spare.


Looking forward, EPS is forecast to rise by 38.4% over the next 3 years. Analysts estimate the future payout ratio will be 37% over the same time period, which is in the range that makes us comfortable with the sustainability of the dividend.


NatWest Group's Dividend Has Lacked Consistency

The track record isn't the longest, but we are already seeing a bit of instability in the payments. Since 2019, the dividend has gone from £0.0431 total annually to £0.135. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 33% over that duration. Despite the rapid growth in the dividend over the past number of years, we have seen the payments go down the past as well, so that makes us cautious.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

Growing earnings per share could be a mitigating factor when considering the past fluctuations in the dividend. NatWest Group has seen EPS rising for the last five years, at 40% per annum. 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.

In Summary

In summary, while it's always good to see the dividend being raised, we don't think NatWest Group's payments are rock solid. The low payout ratio is a redeeming feature, but generally we are not too happy with the payments NatWest Group has been making. We would be a touch cautious of relying on this stock primarily for the dividend income.

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. For example, we've picked out 1 warning sign for NatWest Group that investors should know about before committing capital to this stock. 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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