Emerson Electric is a Dividend Aristocrat, one of a select band of companies that have increased their payouts annually for at least 25 years. Income-seeking investors love such stocks, but they also love shares that appreciate over time. With that said, what are the prospects for Emerson Electric to remain a Dividend Aristocrat, and is it time for dividend-seeking investors to buy this company?
A mature dividend playEmerson Electric is a mature company, providing manufacturing and technology for a number of markets, with a relatively high dividend of roughly 2.8%.
Naturally, the stock will attract income seekers, given a yield almost 0.5% above that of the U.S. 10-year Treasury note. However, its relatively high payout ratio -- about 37% of last year's earnings were paid out to shareholders in dividends -- means that its ability to grow its dividend aggressively in future years is somewhat constrained.
To explain this idea quantitatively...
READ THE FULL EQUITY RESEARCH ARTICLE LINKED HERE