How big is the ANZ dividend yield?
ANZ recently announced its FY22 half-year result. Continuing operations cash net profit after tax (NPAT) fell by 3% to $3.11 billion, while the cash profit before credit impairments, tax and ‘large items’ fell by 10% to $4.14 billion.
The ANZ board decided to pay a dividend per share of 70 cents, which was the same as the FY21 second half dividend.
According to Commsec, ANZ is forecast to pay an annual dividend per share of $1.44. That translates into a projected grossed-up dividend yield of 8.1%.
Citi is expecting ANZ to pay a slightly larger dividend than the Commsec prediction. The broker expects the projected grossed-up dividend yield to be 8.25% in FY22.
How large will the other big bank dividends be?
Citi’s numbers suggest that CBA is going to pay an annual dividend per share of $3.85 in FY22. That would be a grossed-up dividend yield of 5.4%.
Next, NAB is predicted to pay an annual dividend per share of $1.50, equating to a grossed-up dividend yield of 6.9% according to Citi.
Finally, Citi thinks that Westpac is going to pay an annual dividend per share of $1.23. That would translate into a grossed-up dividend yield of 7.3%.
Based on the above estimates, that means ANZ is expected to pay the largest dividend yield in FY22.
Are ANZ dividends expected to grow?
Commsec numbers certainly suggest there could be dividend growth for the next few years.
The forecast is an annual dividend per share of $1.55 in FY23 and then $1.65 per share in FY24. That would mean that ANZ could pay a grossed-up dividend yield of 8.7% in FY23 and 9.3% in FY24.
However, dividends are up to the discretion of the board, which can take into consideration things like profitability, the economic environment and how much capital the business has.
Is the ANZ share price a buy?
Citi certainly thinks so, with a buy rating and a price target of $30.75. That implies a potential rise of around 20%.
The broker thinks that increasing interest rates will help ANZ’s profit and dividend grow in the next couple of years.
In my own opinion, it’s hard to say how things will go for ANZ (and other banks). Rising interest rates are likely to be a positive, but competition could remain a headwind for margins and there is also a possibility that higher interest rates could lead to higher arrears.