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Should You Buy Andrew Peller Limited (TSE:ADW.A) For Its Upcoming Dividend In 4 Days?

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Andrew Peller Limited (TSE:ADW.A) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 4 days. If you purchase the stock on or after the 27th of September, you won't be eligible to receive this dividend, when it is paid on the 4th of October.

Andrew Peller's upcoming dividend is CA$0.05 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of CA$0.2 per share to shareholders. Calculating the last year's worth of payments shows that Andrew Peller has a trailing yield of 1.5% on the current share price of CA$14.05. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. That's why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.

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Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned in profit, then the dividend could be unsustainable. Andrew Peller paid out a comfortable 40% of its profit last year. A useful secondary check can be to evaluate whether Andrew Peller generated enough free cash flow to afford its dividend. It distributed 40% of its free cash flow as dividends, a comfortable payout level for most companies.

It's positive to see that Andrew Peller's dividend is covered by both profits and cash flow, since this is generally a sign that the dividend is sustainable, and a lower payout ratio usually suggests a greater margin of safety before the dividend gets cut.

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

TSX:ADW.A Historical Dividend Yield, September 22nd 2019

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Companies with consistently growing earnings per share generally make the best dividend stocks, as they usually find it easier to grow dividends per share. If earnings fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. This is why it's a relief to see Andrew Peller earnings per share are up 9.9% per annum over the last five years. Management have been reinvested more than half of the company's earnings within the business, and the company has been able to grow earnings with this retained capital. Organisations that reinvest heavily in themselves typically get stronger over time, which can bring attractive benefits such as stronger earnings and dividends.

Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. In the past ten years, Andrew Peller has increased its dividend at approximately 6.9% a year on average. It's encouraging to see the company lifting dividends while earnings are growing, suggesting at least some corporate interest in rewarding shareholders.

The Bottom Line

From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid Andrew Peller? Earnings per share have been growing moderately, and Andrew Peller is paying out less than half its earnings and cash flow as dividends, which is an attractive combination as it suggests the company is investing in growth. We would prefer to see earnings growing faster, but the best dividend stocks over the long term typically combine significant earnings per share growth with a low payout ratio, and Andrew Peller is halfway there. It's a promising combination that should mark this company worthy of closer attention.

Curious what other investors think of Andrew Peller? See what analysts are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow.

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