dividend cover


dividend cover
An accounting ratio defined as net earnings per share divided by net dividend ( dividends) per share. The purpose of the ratio is to identify how much of a company's profits are being distributed to shareholders and how much is being retained to finance future expansion of the business. Generally a company with a low dividend cover is paying out most of its earnings as dividends and is unlikely to achieve high growth in the future, compared to a company with high dividend cover. Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein financial glossary

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dividend cover ˈdividend ˌcover noun [singular] FINANCE
a company's profits for a particular period measured in relation to the amount that it pays out in dividends for the period of time:

• The company wants to bring its dividend cover down from 2.8 times to the sector average of 2.3 times.

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   The extent to which a company's dividend and/or interest payments are matched or exceeded by its earnings. Expressed as a multiple. The company's rating in the market increases as the multiple rises.

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dividend cover UK US noun [C or U]
FINANCE a measure of a company's ability to pay a dividend, calculated by dividing the company's profit by the amount of the dividend: »

This year we are able to report a dividend cover of 4.6 times, as compared to 3.8 times last year.

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A high dividend cover ratio will be attractive to investors seeking a secure investment.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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