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Barnes Group Inc. (NYSE:B) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 4 days. Ex-dividend means that investors that purchase the stock on or after the 23rd of November will not receive this dividend, which will be paid on the 10th of December.
Barnes Group's next dividend payment will be US$0.16 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of US$0.64 per share. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, Barnes Group has a trailing yield of approximately 1.4% on its current stock price of $45.5. 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.
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. Barnes Group paid out a comfortable 38% of its profit last year. A useful secondary check can be to evaluate whether Barnes Group generated enough free cash flow to afford its dividend. It paid out 16% of its free cash flow as dividends last year, which is conservatively low.
It's encouraging to see that the dividend is covered by both profit and cash flow. This generally suggests the dividend is sustainable, as long as earnings don't drop precipitously.
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. Readers will understand then, why we're concerned to see Barnes Group's earnings per share have dropped 5.0% a year over the past five years. When earnings per share fall, the maximum amount of dividends that can be paid also falls.
The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Barnes Group has delivered an average of 7.2% per year annual increase in its dividend, based on the past 10 years of dividend payments.
From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid Barnes Group? Barnes Group has comfortably low cash and profit payout ratios, which may mean the dividend is sustainable even in the face of a sharp decline in earnings per share. Still, we consider declining earnings to be a warning sign. All things considered, we are not particularly enthused about Barnes Group from a dividend perspective.
On that note, you'll want to research what risks Barnes Group is facing. To help with this, we've discovered 3 warning signs for Barnes Group that you should be aware of before investing in their shares.
If you're in the market for dividend stocks, we recommend checking our list of top dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.
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