June 10, 2022 12:00 pm ET
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Despite a hefty debt load, Deere has a healthy dividend-payout ratio that should allow its disbursements to continue. Courtesy of John Deere
Although a heavy debt load can sometimes crimp or preclude a company’s dividend payout, the recent stretch of historically low borrowing costs should give equity income investors some comfort when considering a number of highly indebted companies.
That’s among the observations of a recent research report on dividends that examines how companies have been managing their balance sheets in recent years.