payout ratio

the ratio between dividends paid out and earnings per share of common stock within a time period. Unabridged
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Some readers have pointed out that a focus on the dividend yield ignores the
  fall in the payout ratio.
Companies have reduced the payout ratio without growing earnings sufficiently
  to compensate.
If this preference exist, a firm can boost its share price by increasing its
  dividend-payout ratio.
They can exist because their payout ratio is much higher.
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