it makes sense at the end of the day...paying a dividend makes ACFN stock more widely attractive and separates it from the pack of growth opportunities that are in the marketplace, they can afford it while appropriately investing in the growth of the 4 growth companies..
1, what happens in the future if they dont get a return on their investment and they decide to stop the dividend? what happens in the future if they have to raise cash to further fund their business? Both these sceneraio's are not good.
please read the 10k out about their cash balance and possibility of raising money in 2013-how in the right mind can you pay a divy,burn cash, then maybe need to raise money in 2013- thats a recipe for a disaster-read the 10k