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Only 3 Days Left To Cash In On Quaker Chemical Corporation's (NYSE:KWR) Dividend

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Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE:KWR) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 3 days time. If you purchase the stock on or after the 16th of January, you won't be eligible to receive this dividend, when it is paid on the 31st of January.

Quaker Chemical's upcoming dividend is US$0.39 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of US$1.54 per share to shareholders. Last year's total dividend payments show that Quaker Chemical has a trailing yield of 0.9% on the current share price of $165.1. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. So we need to investigate whether Quaker Chemical can afford its dividend, and if the dividend could grow.

View our latest analysis for Quaker Chemical

Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned in profit, then the dividend could be unsustainable. Its dividend payout ratio is 88% of profit, which means the company is paying out a majority of its earnings. The relatively limited profit reinvestment could slow the rate of future earnings growth We'd be concerned if earnings began to decline. 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. Thankfully its dividend payments took up just 41% of the free cash flow it generated, which is a comfortable payout ratio.

It's positive to see that Quaker Chemical'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.

Click here to see the company's payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.

NYSE:KWR Historical Dividend Yield, January 12th 2020

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

When earnings decline, dividend companies become much harder to analyse and own safely. If business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. Readers will understand then, why we're concerned to see Quaker Chemical's earnings per share have dropped 17% a year over the past five years. When earnings per share fall, the maximum amount of dividends that can be paid also falls.

Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. Since the start of our data, ten years ago, Quaker Chemical has lifted its dividend by approximately 5.3% a year on average. That's intriguing, but the combination of growing dividends despite declining earnings can typically only be achieved by paying out a larger percentage of profits. Quaker Chemical is already paying out a high percentage of its income, so without earnings growth, we're doubtful of whether this dividend will grow much in the future.

The Bottom Line

Is Quaker Chemical worth buying for its dividend? The payout ratios are within a reasonable range, implying the dividend may be sustainable. Declining earnings are a serious concern, however, and could pose a threat to the dividend in future. All things considered, we are not particularly enthused about Quaker Chemical from a dividend perspective.

Ever wonder what the future holds for Quaker Chemical? See what the five analysts we track are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow

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