Some investors rely on dividends for growing their wealth, and if you're one of those dividend sleuths, you might be intrigued to know that BW LPG Limited (OB:BWLPG) is about to go ex-dividend in just 1 days. If you purchase the stock on or after the 3rd of September, you won't be eligible to receive this dividend, when it is paid on the 13th of September.
BWG's next dividend payment will be US$0.10 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed US$0.20 to shareholders. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, BWG has a trailing yield of approximately 4.1% on its current stock price of NOK44.94. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. We need to see whether the dividend is covered by earnings and if it's growing.
If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Businesses with shrinking earnings are tricky from a dividend perspective. Investors love dividends, so if earnings fall and the dividend is reduced, expect a stock to be sold off heavily at the same time. BWG 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. In the last 5 years, BWG has lifted its dividend by approximately 5.9% a year on average.
Is BWG an attractive dividend stock, or better left on the shelf? 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. Overall, it's hard to get excited about BWG from a dividend perspective.
Ever wonder what the future holds for BWG? See what the five analysts we track are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow
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