Let’s look now at some interesting characteristics of Sempra Energy’s (SRE) dividend profile. The Californian utility’s payout ratio is much lower than the industry average (XLU). For the trailing 12 months, Sempra Energy’s payout ratio is 34.0%.
In 2016, Sempra’s payout ratio was 55.0%, which means it distributed 55.0% of its profits to shareholders in the form of dividends.
Other payout ratios
You can compare dividend profiles of these two regulated utility giants in Market Realist’s series Southern Company and Duke Energy: A Dividend Face-Off.