Qualcomm, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) shares pulled back about 15% in three months to about $55.50 per share. Thanks to the lower share price due to negative press (i.e. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) suing Qualcomm), Qualcomm now offers an attractive yield of 3.8%. That’s 90% higher than the market’s 2% yield.
Dividend growth and share buybacks
Qualcomm has increased its dividend for 14 consecutive years. It compounded its dividend at an annual rate of 16.5% over the last 10 years. The company last hiked its dividend by 10.4% in Q2 2016.
Over time Qualcomm has been morphing into a more mature dividend company. Up to fiscal 2014, its average annual dividend yield was 2.1% or smaller and its payout ratio was 30% or lower. Its annual payout of $2.12 per share is supported by a payout ratio of about 48%.
Since the end of fiscal 2014, Qualcomm has reduced its share count by almost 13%. It wasn’t a bad use of capital as shares were either fairly valued or undervalued during most of that period.