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Rémy Cointreau SA (EPA:RCO) Pays A 1.9% In Just 3

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Readers hoping to buy Rémy Cointreau SA (EPA:RCO) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly, as the stock is about to trade ex-dividend. If you purchase the stock on or after the 12th of September, you won't be eligible to receive this dividend, when it is paid on the 16th of September.

Rémy Cointreau's next dividend payment will be €2.65 per share, which looks like a nice increase on last year, when the company distributed a total of €1.65 to shareholders. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether Rémy Cointreau's dividend is reliable and sustainable. As a result, readers should always check whether Rémy Cointreau has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.

View our latest analysis for Rémy Cointreau

If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. Rémy Cointreau is paying out an acceptable 52% of its profit, a common payout level among most companies. A useful secondary check can be to evaluate whether Rémy Cointreau generated enough free cash flow to afford its dividend. The company paid out 107% of its free cash flow over the last year, which we think is outside the ideal range for most businesses. Companies usually need cash more than they need earnings - expenses don't pay themselves - so it's not great to see it paying out so much of its cash flow.

Rémy Cointreau paid out less in dividends than it reported in profits, but unfortunately it didn't generate enough cash to cover the dividend. Cash is king, as they say, and were Rémy Cointreau to repeatedly pay dividends that aren't well covered by cashflow, we would consider this a warning sign.

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

ENXTPA:RCO Historical Dividend Yield, September 8th 2019

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 decline and the company is forced to cut its dividend, investors could watch the value of their investment go up in smoke. It's encouraging to see Rémy Cointreau has grown its earnings rapidly, up 20% a year for the past five years. Earnings have been growing quickly, but we're concerned dividend payments consumed most of the company's cash flow over the past year.

Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. Rémy Cointreau has delivered 2.4% dividend growth per year on average over the past 10 years. It's good to see both earnings and the dividend have improved - although the former has been rising much quicker than the latter, possibly due to the company reinvesting more of its profits in growth.

To Sum It Up

Has Rémy Cointreau got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? The best dividend stocks typically boast a long history of growing earnings per share (EPS) via a combination of earnings growth and buybacks. So, you might think that Rémy Cointreau buying back stock, growing its EPS, and retaining profits within its business is a good combination. However, we note with some concern that it paid out 107% of its free cash flow last year, which is uncomfortably high and makes us wonder why the company chose to spend even more cash on buybacks. It might be worth researching if the company is reinvesting in growth projects that could grow earnings and dividends in the future, but for now we're not all that optimistic on its dividend prospects.

Wondering what the future holds for Rémy Cointreau? See what the 19 analysts we track are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow

If you're in the market for dividend stocks, we recommend checking our list of top dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

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