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FutureFuel (NYSE:FF) Has Affirmed Its Dividend Of $0.06

FutureFuel Corp.'s (NYSE:FF) investors are due to receive a payment of $0.06 per share on 15th of December. This means the annual payment is 3.5% of the current stock price, which is above the average for the industry.

See our latest analysis for FutureFuel

FutureFuel's Payment Has Solid Earnings Coverage

Impressive dividend yields are good, but this doesn't matter much if the payments can't be sustained. But before making this announcement, FutureFuel's earnings quite easily covered the dividend. The business is returning a large chunk of its cash to shareholders, which means it is not being used to grow the business.

Looking forward, EPS could fall by 7.3% if the company can't turn things around from the last few years. Assuming the dividend continues along recent trends, we believe the payout ratio could be 25%, which we are pretty comfortable with and we think is feasible on an earnings basis.

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Dividend Volatility

Although the company has a long dividend history, it has been cut at least once in the last 10 years. Since 2013, the annual payment back then was $0.69, compared to the most recent full-year payment of $0.24. This works out to a decline of approximately 65% over that time. Generally, we don't like to see a dividend that has been declining over time as this can degrade shareholders' returns and indicate that the company may be running into problems.

Dividend Growth Is Doubtful

Given that the track record hasn't been stellar, we really want to see earnings per share growing over time. Over the past five years, it looks as though FutureFuel's EPS has declined at around 7.3% a year. Declining earnings will inevitably lead to the company paying a lower dividend in line with lower profits.

In Summary

Overall, we don't think this company makes a great dividend stock, even though the dividend wasn't cut this year. While FutureFuel is earning enough to cover the dividend, we are generally unimpressed with its future prospects. We would probably look elsewhere for an income investment.

Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. Still, investors need to consider a host of other factors, apart from dividend payments, when analysing a company. To that end, FutureFuel has 3 warning signs (and 2 which are a bit concerning) we think you should know about. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.

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