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NextEra Energy's Dividend Profile Is Smart despite Lower Yield

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Comparing NextEra Energy’s Dividend Statistics with Its Peers

NextEra Energy’s dividend statistics

NextEra Energy (NEE) is expected to have higher dividend growth in the future. As a result, it’s an attractive investment proposition in the utilities space. However, its relatively lower payout ratio might concern investors. The payout ratio shows how much of its earnings a company distributes to shareholders in the form of dividends. Currently, NextEra Energy’s payout ratio stands near 55%.

Comparing NextEra Energy’s Dividend Statistics with Its Peers

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Utilities generally yield higher because they distribute large portions of their earnings to shareholders. Southern Company (SO) pays out 86% of its earnings to shareholders—not uncommon for utilities. Peer Duke Energy (DUK) pays out nearly 90% percent of its earnings to shareholders. Dominion Resources’ (D) payout ratio is near 80%.

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