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Dividend Increases Streaks In Jeopardy

Posted by D4L | Friday, September 30, 2011 | | 0 comments »

In compiling the Dividend Champions list I get to see which companies are nearing the anniversaries of their previous dividend increases. Most of these firms raise their payout about the same time every year, but some companies go longer before boosting their dividends, and this can raise concerns about their streaks of increases.

Which dividends might be in the greatest danger? Some companies, such as REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) and MLPs (Master Limited Partnerships), are structured to pay out more than earnings per share, so we can't easily tell much from seemingly high payout ratios or P/Es. Some alarming Payout Ratios and/or P/Es, like those at Harsco and Meridian Bioscience, might suggest great risk, but a look ahead at the estimated earnings per share for this year and next might provide a bit of comfort.

Source: Seeking Alpha

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