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Stanley Black & Decker's Dividend Is Safe

Published Tue, 28 Jun 2011 13:37:17 GMT on The Motley Fool

Here, we'll highlight a given company and its closest competitors to see just how safe their dividends are, with a little help from three crucial tools: The interest coverage ratio, or earnings before interest and taxes, divided by interest expense. The interest coverage ratio measures a company's ability to pay the interest on its debt. An interest coverage ratio less than 1.5 is questionable; a number less than 1 means that the company is not bringing in enough money to cover its interest expenses. The EPS payout ratio, or dividends per share divided by earnings per share. The EPS payout ratio measures the percentage of earnings that go toward paying the dividend. A ratio greater than 80% is worrisome. The FCF payout ratio, or dividends per share divided by free cash flow per share. Earnings alone don't always paint a complete picture of a business' health. The FCF payout ratio measures the percent of free cash flow devoted toward paying the dividend. Again, a ratio greater 80% could be a red flag. Let's examine Stanley Black & Decker (NYSE: SWK) and three of its peers.... Read more

Stock name Last trade   P/E Earnings/Share Dividend/Share Dividend yield
SNAP-ON 162.86   13.2 12.32 3.80 2.40
STANLEY BLACK & DECKER 147.12   31.3 4.70 2.76 1.87
 

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