Regular readers will know that we love our dividends at Simply Wall St, which is why it's exciting to see MOIL Limited (NSE:MOIL) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 3 days. Ex-dividend means that investors that purchase the stock on or after the 22nd of August will not receive this dividend, which will be paid on the 3rd of October.
MOIL's next dividend payment will be ₹3.00 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed ₹5.50 to shareholders. Last year's total dividend payments show that MOIL has a trailing yield of 4.7% on the current share price of ₹128.75. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. As a result, readers should always check whether MOIL has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.
If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. MOIL paid out a comfortable 32% of its profit last year. That said, even highly profitable companies sometimes might not generate enough cash to pay the dividend, which is why we should always check if the dividend is covered by cash flow. Dividends consumed 66% of the company's free cash flow last year, which is within a normal range for most dividend-paying organisations.
It's positive to see that MOIL's dividend is covered by both profits and cash flow, since this is generally a sign that the dividend is sustainable, and a lower payout ratio usually suggests a greater margin of safety before the dividend gets cut.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Companies with consistently growing earnings per share generally make the best dividend stocks, as they usually find it easier to grow dividends per share. If earnings decline and the company is forced to cut its dividend, investors could watch the value of their investment go up in smoke. With that in mind, we're encouraged by the steady growth at MOIL, with earnings per share up 4.1% on average over the last five years. Earnings per share growth has been slim, and the company is already paying out a majority of its earnings. While there is some room to both increase the payout ratio and reinvest in the business, generally the higher a payout ratio goes, the lower a company's prospects for future growth.
The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. MOIL has delivered an average of 7.0% per year annual increase in its dividend, based on the past 8 years of dividend payments. It's encouraging to see the company lifting dividends while earnings are growing, suggesting at least some corporate interest in rewarding shareholders.
The Bottom Line
Is MOIL worth buying for its dividend? Earnings per share growth has been modest, and it's interesting that MOIL is paying out less than half of its earnings and more than half its cash flow to shareholders in the form of dividends. Overall, it's hard to get excited about MOIL from a dividend perspective.
Wondering what the future holds for MOIL? See what the three analysts we track are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow
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