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Pental Limited (ASX:PTL) has announced that it will be increasing its dividend on the 24th of September to AU$0.016, which will be 6.7% higher than last year. This takes the dividend yield from 5.9% to 5.9%, which shareholders will be pleased with.
Pental's Earnings Easily Cover the Distributions
A big dividend yield for a few years doesn't mean much if it can't be sustained. Prior to this announcement, Pental's dividend was comfortably covered by both cash flow and earnings. This means that a large portion of its earnings are being retained to grow the business.
Looking forward, EPS could fall by 1.0% if the company can't turn things around from the last few years. If the dividend continues along the path it has been on recently, we estimate the payout ratio could be 63%, which is definitely feasible to continue.
The company's dividend history has been marked by instability, with at least 1 cut in the last 10 years. Since 2011, the first annual payment was AU$0.60, compared to the most recent full-year payment of AU$0.026. This works out to a decline of approximately 96% over that time. A company that decreases its dividend over time generally isn't what we are looking for.
Pental May Find It Hard To Grow The Dividend
Dividends have been going in the wrong direction, so we definitely want to see a different trend in the earnings per share. Although it's important to note that Pental's earnings per share has basically not grown from where it was five years ago, which could erode the purchasing power of the dividend over time.
We'd also point out that Pental has issued stock equal to 10% of shares outstanding. Regularly doing this can be detrimental - it's hard to grow dividends per share when new shares are regularly being created.
Overall, we always like to see the dividend being raised, but we don't think Pental will make a great income stock. The payments haven't been particularly stable and we don't see huge growth potential, but with the dividend well covered by cash flows it could prove to be reliable over the short term. Overall, we don't think this company has the makings of a good income stock.
Market movements attest to how highly valued a consistent dividend policy is compared to one which is more unpredictable. However, there are other things to consider for investors when analysing stock performance. Taking the debate a bit further, we've identified 3 warning signs for Pental that investors need to be conscious of moving forward. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our curated list of strong dividend payers.
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