WD-40 (NASDAQ:WDFC) announced a quarterly dividend on Tuesday, October 9th, RTT News reports. Shareholders of record on Friday, October 19th will be paid a dividend of 0.54 per share by the specialty chemicals company on Wednesday, October 31st. This represents a $2.16 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.37%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, October 18th.

WD-40 has increased its dividend payment by an average of 13.0% per year over the last three years and has increased its dividend every year for the last 6 years. WD-40 has a payout ratio of 52.7% meaning its dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Research analysts expect WD-40 to earn $4.65 per share next year, which means the company should continue to be able to cover its $2.16 annual dividend with an expected future payout ratio of 46.5%.

WDFC stock opened at $157.77 on Wednesday. The company has a market cap of $2.39 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 41.63 and a beta of 0.59. WD-40 has a one year low of $108.20 and a one year high of $184.25. The company has a current ratio of 1.75, a quick ratio of 1.47 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.56.

Several research firms have commented on WDFC. BidaskClub raised shares of WD-40 from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, September 8th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of WD-40 from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 12th. Finally, B. Riley lifted their price target on shares of WD-40 from $135.00 to $152.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 11th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $142.75.

In other WD-40 news, insider William B. Noble sold 2,000 shares of WD-40 stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $166.13, for a total transaction of $332,260.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Company insiders own 3.62% of the company’s stock.

WD-40 Company Profile

WD-40 Company engages in the development and sale of maintenance products, and homecare and cleaning products. It offers multi-purpose maintenance products, including aerosol sprays, non-aerosol trigger sprays, and in liquid-bulk form products under the WD-40 Multi-Use brand name for various consumer uses; specialty maintenance products, such as penetrants, degreasers, corrosion inhibitors, greases, lubricants, and rust removers under the WD-40 Specialist brand name; and bicycle maintenance products under the WD-40 Bike brand name comprising wet and dry chain lubricants, chain cleaners and degreasers, and foaming wash products that are designed for avid and recreational cyclists, bike enthusiasts, and mechanics.

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