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Earnings per share divided by dividend per share.
A company’s dividend cover is the number of times that its dividends could be paid out of its annual profits after tax.
So if a company has earnings per share of 8p and it pays out a dividend of 2.1p, the dividend cover is 8 / 2.1 = 3.80
Generally speaking, a ratio of 2 or higher is considered safe (in the sense that the company can well afford the dividend), but anything below 1.5 is risky. If the ratio is under 1, the company is using its retained earnings from a previous year to pay this year’s dividend.
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