Comparing Duke Energy’s Payout Ratio to Peers
Duke Energy’s dividend statistics
Duke Energy (DUK) has paid a cash dividend for the past 91 years. Its payout ratio in 2016 was around 91%, higher than the industry average. The payout ratio is the portion of the company’s profit distributed among shareholders in the form of dividends. Duke Energy’s five-year average payout ratio is also near 90%.
Southern Company (SO) gave away 86% of its earnings in the form of dividends last year. Its five-year payout ratio stands around the same level.
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Utilities (XLU) usually give away a large chunk of their earnings to shareholders as dividends. NextEra Energy (NEE), the biggest component of S&P 500 Utilities Index, had a payout ratio of 55%, significantly lower than peers.
In the next part, we’ll discuss what factors could impact Duke Energy’s dividends going forward.