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Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) Will Pay A Larger Dividend Than Last Year At US$0.80

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The board of Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE:STZ) has announced that it will be increasing its dividend on the 24th of August to US$0.80. This takes the annual payment to 1.3% of the current stock price, which unfortunately is below what the industry is paying.

Check out our latest analysis for Constellation Brands

Constellation Brands' Earnings Easily Cover the Distributions

If it is predictable over a long period, even low dividend yields can be attractive. Prior to this announcement, Constellation Brands' dividend was comfortably covered by both cash flow and earnings. This indicates that a lot of the earnings are being reinvested into the business, with the aim of fueling growth.

The next year is set to see EPS grow by 60.4%. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio will be 32%, which is in the range that makes us comfortable with the sustainability of the dividend.

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Constellation Brands Doesn't Have A Long Payment History

Constellation Brands' dividend has been pretty stable for a little while now, but we will continue to be cautious until it has been demonstrated for a few more years. The first annual payment during the last 7 years was US$1.24 in 2015, and the most recent fiscal year payment was US$3.20. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 15% over that duration. Constellation Brands has been growing its dividend quite rapidly, which is exciting. However, the short payment history makes us question whether this performance will persist across a full market cycle.

Dividend Growth May Be Hard To Achieve

Investors could be attracted to the stock based on the quality of its payment history. However, initial appearances might be deceiving. It's not great to see that Constellation Brands' earnings per share has fallen at approximately 3.3% per year over the past five years. If the company is making less over time, it naturally follows that it will also have to pay out less in dividends. Earnings are predicted to grow over the next year, but we would remain cautious until a track record of earnings growth is established.

In Summary

Overall, we always like to see the dividend being raised, but we don't think Constellation Brands will make a great income stock. The payments haven't been particularly stable and we don't see huge growth potential, but with the dividend well covered by cash flows it could prove to be reliable over the short term. This company is not in the top tier of income providing stocks.

It's important to note that companies having a consistent dividend policy will generate greater investor confidence than those having an erratic one. However, there are other things to consider for investors when analysing stock performance. For example, we've picked out 2 warning signs for Constellation Brands that investors should know about before committing capital to this stock. If you are a dividend investor, you might also want to look at our curated list of high yield dividend stocks.

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