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Do These 3 Checks Before Buying REV Group, Inc. (NYSE:REVG) For Its Upcoming Dividend

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REV Group, Inc. (NYSE:REVG) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 4 days. You can purchase shares before the 29th of October in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 29th of November.

REV Group's next dividend payment will be US$0.05 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of US$0.2 to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, REV Group has a trailing yield of 1.6% on the current stock price of $12.84. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether REV Group's dividend is reliable and sustainable. So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.

See our latest analysis for REV Group

If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. REV Group reported a loss last year, so it's not great to see that it has continued paying a dividend. Given that the company reported a loss last year, we now need to see if it generated enough free cash flow to fund the dividend. If REV Group didn't generate enough cash to pay the dividend, then it must have either paid from cash in the bank or by borrowing money, neither of which is sustainable in the long term. Fortunately, it paid out only 42% of its free cash flow in the past year.

Click here to see the company's payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.

NYSE:REVG Historical Dividend Yield, October 24th 2019

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

When earnings decline, dividend companies become much harder to analyse and own safely. If earnings decline and the company is forced to cut its dividend, investors could watch the value of their investment go up in smoke. REV Group reported a loss last year, and the general trend suggests its earnings have also been declining in recent years, making us wonder if the dividend is at risk.

The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. REV Group's dividend payments are broadly unchanged compared to where they were three years ago. When earnings are declining yet the dividends are flat, typically the company is either paying out a higher portion of its earnings, or paying out of cash or debt on the balance sheet, neither of which is ideal.

We update our analysis on REV Group every 24 hours, so you can always get the latest insights on its financial health, here.

The Bottom Line

Should investors buy REV Group for the upcoming dividend? First, it's not great to see the company paying a dividend despite being loss-making over the last year. On the plus side, the dividend was covered by free cash flow." Bottom line: REV Group has some unfortunate characteristics that we think could lead to sub-optimal outcomes for dividend investors.

Wondering what the future holds for REV Group? See what the eight analysts we track are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow

We wouldn't recommend just buying the first dividend stock you see, though. Here's a list of interesting dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

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