Regular readers will know that we love our dividends at Simply Wall St, which is why it's exciting to see Schloss Wachenheim AG (ETR:SWA) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 3 days. If you purchase the stock on or after the 22nd of November, you won't be eligible to receive this dividend, when it is paid on the 26th of November.
Schloss Wachenheim's next dividend payment will be €0.50 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of €0.50 to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Schloss Wachenheim stock has a trailing yield of around 2.8% on the current share price of €17.8. We love seeing companies pay a dividend, but it's also important to be sure that laying the golden eggs isn't going to kill our golden goose! As a result, readers should always check whether Schloss Wachenheim has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.
Dividends are usually paid out of company profits, so if a company pays out more than it earned then its dividend is usually at greater risk of being cut. Schloss Wachenheim paid out a comfortable 36% of its profit last year. Yet cash flows are even more important than profits for assessing a dividend, so we need to see if the company generated enough cash to pay its distribution. Thankfully its dividend payments took up just 31% of the free cash flow it generated, which is a comfortable payout ratio.
It's positive to see that Schloss Wachenheim'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.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Businesses with shrinking earnings are tricky from a dividend perspective. Investors love dividends, so if earnings fall and the dividend is reduced, expect a stock to be sold off heavily at the same time. So we're not too excited that Schloss Wachenheim's earnings are down 2.8% a year over the past five years.
The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Schloss Wachenheim has delivered an average of 20% per year annual increase in its dividend, based on the past nine years of dividend payments.
The Bottom Line
Has Schloss Wachenheim got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? Earnings per share are down meaningfully, although at least the company is paying out a low and conservative percentage of both its earnings and cash flow. It's definitely not great to see earnings falling, but at least there may be some buffer before the dividend needs to be cut. Overall, it's not a bad combination, but we feel that there are likely more attractive dividend prospects out there.
Ever wonder what the future holds for Schloss Wachenheim? See what the two analysts we track are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow
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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