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Restaurant Brands International (NYSE:QSR) Will Pay A Dividend Of $0.58

Restaurant Brands International Inc.'s (NYSE:QSR) investors are due to receive a payment of $0.58 per share on 5th of July. This takes the dividend yield to 3.1%, which shareholders will be pleased with.

See our latest analysis for Restaurant Brands International

Restaurant Brands International's Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings

Impressive dividend yields are good, but this doesn't matter much if the payments can't be sustained. Restaurant Brands International was earning enough to cover the previous dividend, but it was paying out quite a large proportion of its free cash flows. The company is clearly earning enough to pay this type of dividend, but it is definitely focused on returning cash to shareholders, rather than growing the business.

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Over the next year, EPS is forecast to expand by 26.8%. If the dividend continues on this path, the payout ratio could be 54% by next year, which we think can be pretty sustainable going forward.

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Restaurant Brands International Is Still Building Its Track Record

Restaurant Brands International's dividend has been pretty stable for a little while now, but we will continue to be cautious until it has been demonstrated for a few more years. Since 2015, the dividend has gone from $0.36 total annually to $2.32. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 23% per annum over that time. We're not overly excited about the relatively short history of dividend payments, however the dividend is growing at a nice rate and we might take a closer look.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

Some investors will be chomping at the bit to buy some of the company's stock based on its dividend history. Restaurant Brands International has seen EPS rising for the last five years, at 10% per annum. The company is paying a reasonable amount of earnings to shareholders, and is growing earnings at a decent rate so we think it could be a decent dividend stock.

In Summary

Overall, we always like to see the dividend being raised, but we don't think Restaurant Brands International will make a great income stock. While Restaurant Brands International is earning enough to cover the dividend, we are generally unimpressed with its future prospects. We don't think Restaurant Brands International is a great stock to add to your portfolio if income is your focus.

Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. Meanwhile, despite the importance of dividend payments, they are not the only factors our readers should know when assessing a company. Case in point: We've spotted 3 warning signs for Restaurant Brands International (of which 1 is concerning!) you should know about. If you are a dividend investor, you might also want to look at our curated list of high yield dividend stocks.

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