Royal Mail paid a total dividend of 230 million GBP last year, for a market capitalization of 4,120 millions.
Dividend per share of Royal Mail is 0.23 GBP, and his stock market price 4.12 GBP.
According to the chart, where dividend yield is displayed, Royal Mail has a dividend yield of 5.47%, which is higher than the amount offered by both the market average and companies from UK. It is also bigger than average of Industrials industry. This high dividend yield might be a sign to worry about the future of the company so deeper analysis is needed.
About the ability of Royal Mail to maintain his current dividend of GBP 0.23 per share, an amount that accounts for 5.47%, we should study its payout ratio both on earnings and on cash-flows (see chart below). Royal Mail payout on ernings is currently 88.46%, which is higher than the market average, and companies of Industrials industry, which are 40.24% and 35.56% respectively. Both figures show that Royal Mail can have problems to keep with his present dividend yield.
The payout on earnings should be complemented with the payout on cash flow since it is this latter amount the one which can be distributed to shareholders. Cash flow per share of Royal Mail is GBP 0.72 per share, which is higher than the dividend per share paid by the company of GBP 0.23, so the company generates enough cash to maintain his dividend in the future.
The following figure shows payout ratios over earnings and cashflow of Royal Mail, compared againt world market average, UK companies, Industrials industry and Industrial Transportation sector companies. You might also need to check full financial report of Royal Mail.
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