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Dividend Cover

What is the definition of Div Cover?

Dividend cover is the ratio of a company's earnings per share to the dividend per share. It helps indicate how sustainable a dividend is. The inverse of dividend cover is the Payout Ratio.


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A low Dividend Cover ratio suggests that the company is paying out a large proportion of its earnings as dividends while a high ratio suggests that the company has plenty of earnings to spare after paying the dividend.

This explains why a low Dividend Cover ratio is seen as risky - the company is only just able to pay out the dividend from its earnings, so it may have to lower the dividend payment in order to make it more sustainable.

In quantitative terms, a Dividend Cover ratio of less than 1.5 may indicate a danger of a dividend cut while more than 2 is viewed as healthy



The 5 highest Div Cover Stocks in the Market


Ticker Name Div Cover StockRank
SWX:SNBN Schweizerische Nationalbank 29574.33 42
BOM:512229 Veritas (India) 385.36 66
NYQ:RDN Radian Inc 303.62 93
NYQ:CI Cigna 284.67 85
NSI:BHARATRAS Bharat Rasayan 230.81 57
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