Regis Resources Limited (ASX:RRL) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 4 days time. If you purchase the stock on or after the 2nd of March, you won't be eligible to receive this dividend, when it is paid on the 18th of March.
Regis Resources's next dividend payment will be AU$0.08 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of AU$0.16 to shareholders. Calculating the last year's worth of payments shows that Regis Resources has a trailing yield of 3.7% on the current share price of A$4.36. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. As a result, readers should always check whether Regis Resources has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.
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. That's why it's good to see Regis Resources paying out a modest 46% of its earnings. A useful secondary check can be to evaluate whether Regis Resources generated enough free cash flow to afford its dividend. Over the past year it paid out 138% of its free cash flow as dividends, which is uncomfortably high. We're curious about why the company paid out more cash than it generated last year, since this can be one of the early signs that a dividend may be unsustainable.
While Regis Resources's dividends were covered by the company's reported profits, cash is somewhat more important, so it's not great to see that the company didn't generate enough cash to pay its dividend. Were this to happen repeatedly, this would be a risk to Regis Resources's ability to maintain its dividend.
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 decline and the company is forced to cut its dividend, investors could watch the value of their investment go up in smoke. That's why it's comforting to see Regis Resources's earnings have been skyrocketing, up 29% per annum for the past five years. Earnings have been growing quickly, but we're concerned dividend payments consumed most of the company's cash flow over the past year.
The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Since the start of our data, six years ago, Regis Resources has lifted its dividend by approximately 1.1% a year on average. It's good to see both earnings and the dividend have improved - although the former has been rising much quicker than the latter, possibly due to the company reinvesting more of its profits in growth.
To Sum It Up
From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid Regis Resources? We're glad to see the company has been improving its earnings per share while also paying out a low percentage of income. However, it's not great to see it paying out what we see as an uncomfortably high percentage of its cash flow. To summarise, Regis Resources looks okay on this analysis, although it doesn't appear a stand-out opportunity.
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