Total return: Xcel Energy
The chart below shows the total return given by Xcel Energy (XEL) compared to its peers. Xcel Energy increased its dividends from 5% annually to ~6.5% in 2016. Its expected 5% to 7% dividend growth in the next few years is a bit higher than the industry average (XLU).
Xcel Energy maintained its dividend payout ratio near 60% while it is targeting a 65% payout ratio in the next few years. This is in line with industry trends (FXU).
In the final article in this series, let’s have a look the price targets for Xcel Energy in the next year.