Could Kulmbacher Brauerei Aktien-Gesellschaft (MUN:KUL) be an attractive dividend share to own for the long haul? Investors are often drawn to strong companies with the idea of reinvesting the dividends. If you are hoping to live on the income from dividends, it's important to be a lot more stringent with your investments than the average punter.
With a 1.5% yield and a six-year payment history, investors probably think Kulmbacher Brauerei Aktien-Gesellschaft looks like a reliable dividend stock. A low yield is generally a turn-off, but if the prospects for earnings growth were strong, investors might be pleasantly surprised by the long-term results. Some simple analysis can reduce the risk of holding Kulmbacher Brauerei Aktien-Gesellschaft for its dividend, and we'll focus on the most important aspects below.
Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. So we need to form a view on if a company's dividend is sustainable, relative to its net profit after tax. In the last year, Kulmbacher Brauerei Aktien-Gesellschaft paid out 40% of its profit as dividends. This is a middling range that strikes a nice balance between paying dividends to shareholders, and retaining enough earnings to invest in future growth. One of the risks is that management reinvests the retained capital poorly instead of paying a higher dividend.
We also measure dividends paid against a company's levered free cash flow, to see if enough cash was generated to cover the dividend. Kulmbacher Brauerei Aktien-Gesellschaft paid out a conservative 29% of its free cash flow as dividends last year. It's positive to see that Kulmbacher Brauerei Aktien-Gesellschaft'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.
While the above analysis focuses on dividends relative to a company's earnings, we do note Kulmbacher Brauerei Aktien-Gesellschaft's strong net cash position, which will let it pay larger dividends for a time, should it choose.
Remember, you can always get a snapshot of Kulmbacher Brauerei Aktien-Gesellschaft's latest financial position, by checking our visualisation of its financial health.
Before buying a stock for its income, we want to see if the dividends have been stable in the past, and if the company has a track record of maintaining its dividend. Looking at the data, we can see that Kulmbacher Brauerei Aktien-Gesellschaft has been paying a dividend for the past six years. The company has been paying a stable dividend for a while now, which is great. However we'd prefer to see consistency for a few more years before giving it our full seal of approval. During the past six-year period, the first annual payment was €0.11 in 2013, compared to €1.00 last year. Dividends per share have grown at approximately 44% per year over this time.
We're not overly excited about the relatively short history of dividend payments, however the dividend is growing at a nice rate and we might take a closer look.
Dividend Growth Potential
While dividend payments have been relatively reliable, it would also be nice if earnings per share (EPS) were growing, as this is essential to maintaining the dividend's purchasing power over the long term. It's good to see Kulmbacher Brauerei Aktien-Gesellschaft has been growing its earnings per share at 23% a year over the past five years. Earnings per share have rocketed in recent times, and we like that the company is retaining more than half of its earnings to reinvest. However, always remember that very few companies can grow at double digit rates forever.
Dividend investors should always want to know if a) a company's dividends are affordable, b) if there is a track record of consistent payments, and c) if the dividend is capable of growing. First, we like that the company's dividend payments appear well covered, although the retained capital also needs to be effectively reinvested. We were also glad to see it growing earnings, although its dividend history is not as long as we'd like. Overall we think Kulmbacher Brauerei Aktien-Gesellschaft scores well on our analysis. It's not quite perfect, but we'd definitely be keen to take a closer look.
Now, if you want to look closer, it would be worth checking out our free research on Kulmbacher Brauerei Aktien-Gesellschaft management tenure, salary, and performance.
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