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Sealed Air (NYSE:SEE) Is Paying Out A Dividend Of $0.20

Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE:SEE) has announced that it will pay a dividend of $0.20 per share on the 28th of June. The dividend yield is 2.0% based on this payment, which is a little bit low compared to the other companies in the industry.

See our latest analysis for Sealed Air

Sealed Air's Earnings Easily Cover The Distributions

If it is predictable over a long period, even low dividend yields can be attractive. However, Sealed Air's earnings easily cover the dividend. As a result, a large proportion of what it earned was being reinvested back into the business.

Looking forward, earnings per share is forecast to rise by 54.1% over the next year. Assuming the dividend continues along recent trends, we think the payout ratio could be 22% by next year, which is in a pretty sustainable range.

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Sealed Air Has A Solid Track Record

The company has been paying a dividend for a long time, and it has been quite stable which gives us confidence in the future dividend potential. The dividend has gone from an annual total of $0.52 in 2014 to the most recent total annual payment of $0.80. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 4.4% over that duration. Slow and steady dividend growth might not sound that exciting, but dividends have been stable for ten years, which we think makes this a fairly attractive offer.

Sealed Air May Find It Hard To Grow The Dividend

Some investors will be chomping at the bit to buy some of the company's stock based on its dividend history. However, initial appearances might be deceiving. Sealed Air hasn't seen much change in its earnings per share over the last five years.

Our Thoughts On Sealed Air's Dividend

In summary, we are pleased with the dividend remaining consistent, and we think there is a good chance of this continuing in the future. The earnings coverage is acceptable for now, but with earnings on the decline we would definitely keep an eye on the payout ratio. The dividend looks okay, but there have been some issues in the past, so we would be a little bit cautious.

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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 example, we've identified 2 warning signs for Sealed Air (1 doesn't sit too well with us!) that you should be aware of before investing. Is Sealed Air not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.

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This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.