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BGSF, Inc.'s (NYSE:BGSF) dividend will be increasing to US$0.12 on 22nd of November. This makes the dividend yield 3.3%, which is above the industry average.
BGSF's Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings
Impressive dividend yields are good, but this doesn't matter much if the payments can't be sustained. Prior to this announcement, BGSF's dividend was only 39% of earnings, however it was paying out 109% of free cash flows. The business might be trying to strike a balance between returning cash to shareholders and reinvesting back into the business, but this high of a payout ratio could definitely force the dividend to be cut if the company runs into a bit of a tough spot.
Over the next year, EPS is forecast to expand by 11.1%. Assuming the dividend continues along recent trends, we think the payout ratio could be 37% by next year, which is in a pretty sustainable range.
BGSF's Dividend Has Lacked Consistency
It's comforting to see that BGSF has been paying a dividend for a number of years now, however it has been cut at least once in that time. This makes us cautious about the consistency of the dividend over a full economic cycle. Since 2014, the first annual payment was US$0.60, compared to the most recent full-year payment of US$0.48. The dividend has shrunk at around 3.1% a year during that period. Declining dividends isn't generally what we look for as they can indicate that the company is running into some challenges.
The Dividend Has Growth Potential
Growing earnings per share could be a mitigating factor when considering the past fluctuations in the dividend. BGSF has seen EPS rising for the last five years, at 6.2% per annum. Growth in EPS bodes well for the dividend, as does the low payout ratio that the company is currently reporting.
Overall, we always like to see the dividend being raised, but we don't think BGSF will make a great income stock. While BGSF is earning enough to cover the payments, the cash flows are lacking. Overall, we don't think this company has the makings of a good income stock.
It's important to note that companies having a consistent dividend policy will generate greater investor confidence than those having an erratic one. At the same time, there are other factors our readers should be conscious of before pouring capital into a stock. To that end, BGSF has 2 warning signs (and 1 which is concerning) we think you should know about. We have also put together a list of global stocks with a solid dividend.
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