Target payout ratio

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Target payout ratio

A firm's long-run dividend-to-earnings ratio. The firm's policy is to attempt to pay out a certain percentage of earnings, but it pays a stated dollar dividend and adjusts it to the target as base line increases in earnings occur.

Target Payout Ratio

The dividend that a publicly-traded company attempts to pay to shareholders each year as a percentage of its total earnings in a given year. There is no guarantee that the company will be able to pay the target payout ratio; if its earnings are particularly low in a year, it may pay a smaller percentage or even no dividend at all. It is important to note that even if the target payout ratio remains the same, the actual dividend may differ as earnings change each year and the payout ratio is a percentage rather than a dollar amount. See also: Omitted Dividend.