Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries S.A. (ATH:MOH) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 3 days time. This means that investors who purchase shares on or after the 10th of December will not receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 17th of December.
Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries's upcoming dividend is €0.35 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of €1.30 per share to shareholders. Calculating the last year's worth of payments shows that Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries has a trailing yield of 6.4% on the current share price of €20.42. We love seeing companies pay a dividend, but it's also important to be sure that laying the golden eggs isn't going to kill our golden goose! So we need to investigate whether Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries can afford its dividend, and if the dividend could grow.
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. Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries paid out more than half (70%) of its earnings last year, which is a regular payout ratio for most companies. Yet cash flows are even more important than profits for assessing a dividend, so we need to see if the company generated enough cash to pay its distribution. Over the last year it paid out 62% of its free cash flow as dividends, within the usual range for most companies.
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?
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 business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. That's why it's comforting to see Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries's earnings have been skyrocketing, up 29% per annum for the past five years. The current payout ratio suggests a good balance between rewarding shareholders with dividends, and reinvesting in growth. With a reasonable payout ratio, profits being reinvested, and some earnings growth, Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries could have strong prospects for future increases to the dividend.
The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries has delivered 8.0% dividend growth per year on average over the past ten years. 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 Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries worth buying for its dividend? It's good to see earnings are growing, since all of the best dividend stocks grow their earnings meaningfully over the long run. However, we'd also note that Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries is paying out more than half of its earnings and cash flow as profits, which could limit the dividend growth if earnings growth slows. Overall, it's not a bad combination, but we feel that there are likely more attractive dividend prospects out there.
Curious what other investors think of Motor Oil (Hellas) Corinth Refineries? See what analysts are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow.
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