It looks like Mastermyne Group Limited (ASX:MYE) is about to go ex-dividend in the next 3 days. You will need to purchase shares before the 26th of September to receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 17th of October.
The upcoming dividend for Mastermyne Group will put a total of AU$0.04 per share in shareholders' pockets, up from last year's total dividends of AU$0.02. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. That's why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.
If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. Fortunately Mastermyne Group's payout ratio is modest, at just 28% of profit.
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 fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. Fortunately for readers, Mastermyne Group's earnings per share have been growing at 13% a year for the past five years. Earnings per share are growing rapidly and the company is keeping more than half of its earnings within the business; an attractive combination which could suggest the company is focused on reinvesting to grow earnings further. This will make it easier to fund future growth efforts and we think this is an attractive combination - plus the dividend can always be increased later.
Another key way to measure a company's dividend prospects is by measuring its historical rate of dividend growth. Mastermyne Group has delivered 5.8% dividend growth per year on average over the past nine years. Earnings per share have been growing much quicker than dividends, potentially because Mastermyne Group is keeping back more of its profits to grow the business.
The Bottom Line
Is Mastermyne Group an attractive dividend stock, or better left on the shelf? Typically, companies that are growing rapidly and paying out a low fraction of earnings are keeping the profits for reinvestment in the business. Perhaps even more importantly - this can sometimes signal management is focused on the long term future of the business. Mastermyne Group ticks a lot of boxes for us from a dividend perspective, and we think these characteristics should mark the company as deserving of further attention.
Want to learn more about Mastermyne Group? Here's a visualisation of its historical rate of revenue and earnings growth.
We wouldn't recommend just buying the first dividend stock you see, though. Here's a list of interesting dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.
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