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Don't Race Out To Buy Kingstone Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:KINS) Just Because It's Going Ex-Dividend

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Kingstone Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:KINS) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 4 days. You will need to purchase shares before the 27th of February to receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 13th of March.

Kingstone Companies's upcoming dividend is US$0.063 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of US$0.25 per share to shareholders. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, Kingstone Companies has a trailing yield of approximately 3.5% on its current stock price of $7.2. We love seeing companies pay a dividend, but it's also important to be sure that laying the golden eggs isn't going to kill our golden goose! We need to see whether the dividend is covered by earnings and if it's growing.

See our latest analysis for Kingstone Companies

Dividends are typically paid out of company income, so if a company pays out more than it earned, its dividend is usually at a higher risk of being cut. Kingstone Companies's dividend is not well covered by earnings, as the company lost money last year. This is not a sustainable state of affairs, so it would be worth investigating if earnings are expected to recover.

Click here to see how much of its profit Kingstone Companies paid out over the last 12 months.

NasdaqCM:KINS Historical Dividend Yield, February 22nd 2020

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Businesses with shrinking earnings are tricky from a dividend perspective. If earnings decline and the company is forced to cut its dividend, investors could watch the value of their investment go up in smoke. Kingstone Companies was unprofitable last year and, unfortunately, the general trend suggests its earnings have been in decline over the last five years, making us wonder if the dividend is sustainable at all.

Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. Since the start of our data, nine years ago, Kingstone Companies has lifted its dividend by approximately 8.5% a year on average.

Remember, you can always get a snapshot of Kingstone Companies's financial health, by checking our visualisation of its financial health, here.

The Bottom Line

Is Kingstone Companies worth buying for its dividend? First, it's not great to see the company paying a dividend despite being loss-making over the last year. Worse, the general trend in its earnings looks negative in recent years. This is not an overtly appealing combination of characteristics, and we're just not that interested in this company's dividend.

Curious about whether Kingstone Companies has been able to consistently generate growth? Here's a chart of its historical revenue and earnings growth.

A common investment mistake is buying the first interesting stock you see. Here you can find a list of promising dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

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