Progress Software (NASDAQ:PRGS) Has Announced A Dividend Of US$0.17

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Progress Software Corporation (NASDAQ:PRGS) will pay a dividend of US$0.17 on the 15th of March. This means the annual payment is 1.6% of the current stock price, which is above the average for the industry.

Check out our latest analysis for Progress Software

Progress Software's Earnings Easily Cover the Distributions

We like to see robust dividend yields, but that doesn't matter if the payment isn't sustainable. Before making this announcement, Progress Software was easily earning enough to cover the dividend. This means that most of its earnings are being retained to grow the business.

Over the next year, EPS is forecast to expand by 20.5%. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio will be 37%, which is in the range that makes us comfortable with the sustainability of the dividend.

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Progress Software Is Still Building Its Track Record

It is great to see that Progress Software has been paying a stable dividend for a number of years now, however we want to be a bit cautious about whether this will remain true through a full economic cycle. The dividend has gone from US$0.50 in 2017 to the most recent annual payment of US$0.70. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 7.0% over that duration. Progress Software has a nice track record of dividend growth but we would wait until we see a longer track record before getting too confident.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

Investors could be attracted to the stock based on the quality of its payment history. It's encouraging to see Progress Software has been growing its earnings per share at 45% a year over the past five years. Rapid earnings growth and a low payout ratio suggest this company has been effectively reinvesting in its business. Should that continue, this company could have a bright future.

Progress Software Looks Like A Great Dividend Stock

In summary, it is good to see that the dividend is staying consistent, and we don't think there is any reason to suspect this might change over the medium term. Distributions are quite easily covered by earnings, which are also being converted to cash flows. All of these factors considered, we think this has solid potential as a dividend stock.

It's important to note that companies having a consistent dividend policy will generate greater investor confidence than those having an erratic one. However, there are other things to consider for investors when analysing stock performance. As an example, we've identified 2 warning signs for Progress Software that you should be aware of before investing. We have also put together a list of global stocks with a solid dividend.

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