Financial Terms / dividend payout ratio

# Dividend Payout Ratio: Key Metric

The dividend payout ratio is a helpful metric for investors to measure the proportion of earnings a company distributes as dividends to its shareholders.

## Formula

``Total Dividends/Company Net Income``

## How do I calculate the dividend payout ratio?

`It is important to understand how to calculate the dividend payout ratio in order to assess the sustainability of a dividend. The dividend payout ratio is expressed as a percentage and is calculated by `dividing the total amount of dividends paid out by the company's net income.` For example, if a company paid out \$100,000 in dividends and had a net income of \$500,000, the dividend payout ratio would be 20%. This calculation can be done in Sourcetable.`

## What is the dividend payout ratio?

`The dividend payout ratio is the ratio of dividends paid out to shareholders to net income of the company. It is calculated as the yearly dividend divided by the earnings per share, and is expressed as a percentage of earnings paid out as dividends to shareholders.`

## What does the dividend payout ratio tell us?

`The dividend payout ratio gives us a measure of how much of the company's earnings are being paid out to shareholders as dividends. It is a good indicator of the company's dividend policy and can be used to compare companies with similar business models.`

## How do you calculate the dividend payout ratio?

`The dividend payout ratio is calculated by dividing the yearly dividend by the earnings per share. The formula looks like this: `Dividend Payout Ratio = Yearly Dividend / Earnings Per Share``

## Key Points

How do I calculate dividend payout ratio?
`Total Dividends/Company Net Income`
Dividend Payout Ratio
The dividend payout ratio measures the proportion of a company's earnings that are paid out to shareholders as dividends. It is calculated by dividing the total dividends paid out by the company's net income.
Calculation
The dividend payout ratio is calculated by dividing dividends by net income. This allows investors to assess whether a company is paying out more in dividends than it is generating in earnings.
Benefits
The dividend payout ratio is useful for investors who are interested in dividend-paying stocks, as it can indicate the potential for a stock to pay out a steady stream of income. It can also be used to compare the dividend payout policy of different companies.
Limitations
The dividend payout ratio does not take into account other factors that may affect a company's ability to pay dividends, such as debt levels and cash flow. Additionally, the ratio does not provide any insight into the sustainability of a company's dividend policy.