Don't Race Out To Buy SSC Security Services Corp. (CVE:SECU) Just Because It's Going Ex-Dividend
Readers hoping to buy SSC Security Services Corp. (CVE:SECU) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly, as the stock is about to trade ex-dividend. The ex-dividend date is one business day before the record date, which is the cut-off date for shareholders to be present on the company's books to be eligible for a dividend payment. The ex-dividend date is important as the process of settlement involves two full business days. So if you miss that date, you would not show up on the company's books on the record date. Thus, you can purchase SSC Security Services' shares before the 30th of March in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 17th of April.
The company's next dividend payment will be CA$0.03 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of CA$0.12 to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, SSC Security Services has a trailing yield of 4.0% on the current stock price of CA$2.99. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. That's why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.
Check out our latest analysis for SSC Security Services
Dividends are usually paid out of company profits, so if a company pays out more than it earned then its dividend is usually at greater risk of being cut. SSC Security Services lost money last year, so the fact that it's paying a dividend is certainly disconcerting. There might be a good reason for this, but we'd want to look into it further before getting comfortable. Considering the lack of profitability, we also need to check if the company generated enough cash flow to cover the dividend payment. If cash earnings don't cover the dividend, the company would have to pay dividends out of cash in the bank, or by borrowing money, neither of which is long-term sustainable.
Click here to see how much of its profit SSC Security Services paid out over the last 12 months.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Businesses with strong growth prospects usually make the best dividend payers, because it's easier to grow dividends when earnings per share are improving. If earnings fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. SSC Security Services reported a loss last year, but at least the general trend suggests its income has been improving over the past five years. Even so, an unprofitable company whose business does not quickly recover is usually not a good candidate for dividend investors.
Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. SSC Security Services's dividend payments are effectively flat on where they were six years ago.
We update our analysis on SSC Security Services every 24 hours, so you can always get the latest insights on its financial health, here.
Has SSC Security Services got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? We're a bit uncomfortable with it paying a dividend while being loss-making, especially given that the dividend was not well covered by free cash flow. It's not an attractive combination from a dividend perspective, and we're inclined to pass on this one for the time being.
With that being said, if you're still considering SSC Security Services as an investment, you'll find it beneficial to know what risks this stock is facing. Our analysis shows 2 warning signs for SSC Security Services that we strongly recommend you have a look at before investing in the company.
Generally, we wouldn't recommend just buying the first dividend stock you see. Here's a curated list of interesting stocks that are strong dividend payers.
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