Nucor Corp. (NUE), a mini steel mill company, announced a 2.8% increase in the company's quarterly dividend. The new quarterly dividend increases to 36 cents per share versus 35 cents per share in the same quarter last year. During strong economic times the company often institutes special dividends as well.
The company is projected to report a loss of 85 cents per share for 2009 but 2010 estimates have the company earning $2.79 per share. The payout ratio is estimated to equal 52% based on 2010 earnings. The company's 5-year average payout ratio (excluding 2009) is 9%. Nucor as an S&P Earnings & Dividend Quality Ranking of B.
As noted in Nucor's press release:
Nucor has increased its regular, or base, dividend for 37 consecutive years -- every year since it first began paying dividends in 1973. Reflecting the Nucor team's success in building Nucor's long-term earnings power, the base quarterly dividend has more than tripled since the end of 2007. In addition, over the period from 2000 to 2009, Nucor's base dividend has increased approximately ten-fold."
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