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Is It Smart To Buy Jain Irrigation Systems Limited (NSE:JISLJALEQS) Before It Goes Ex-Dividend?

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Readers hoping to buy Jain Irrigation Systems Limited (NSE:JISLJALEQS) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly, as the stock is about to trade ex-dividend. This means that investors who purchase shares on or after the 12th of September will not receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 30th of October.

Jain Irrigation Systems's upcoming dividend is ₹1.00 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of ₹1.00 per share to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Jain Irrigation Systems stock has a trailing yield of around 5.2% on the current share price of ₹19.05. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether Jain Irrigation Systems's dividend is reliable and sustainable. That's why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.

See our latest analysis for Jain Irrigation Systems

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. That's why it's good to see Jain Irrigation Systems paying out a modest 29% of its earnings.

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

NSEI:JISLJALEQS Historical Dividend Yield, September 8th 2019

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Businesses with strong growth prospects usually make the best dividend payers, because it's easier to grow dividends when earnings per share are improving. Investors love dividends, so if earnings fall and the dividend is reduced, expect a stock to be sold off heavily at the same time. It's encouraging to see Jain Irrigation Systems has grown its earnings rapidly, up 31% a year for the past five years. Jain Irrigation Systems is paying out less than half its earnings and cash flow, while simultaneously growing earnings per share at a rapid clip. Companies with growing earnings and low payout ratios are often the best long-term dividend stocks, as the company can both grow its earnings and increase the percentage of earnings that it pays out, essentially multiplying the dividend.

The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Jain Irrigation Systems has delivered an average of 8.6% per year annual increase in its dividend, based on the past 10 years of dividend payments. We're glad to see dividends rising alongside earnings over a number of years, which may be a sign the company intends to share the growth with shareholders.

The Bottom Line

From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid Jain Irrigation Systems? Jain Irrigation Systems has grown its earnings per share while simultaneously reinvesting in the business. Unfortunately it's cut the dividend at least once in the past ten years, but the conservative payout ratio makes the current dividend look sustainable. It's a promising combination that should mark this company worthy of closer attention.

Wondering what the future holds for Jain Irrigation Systems? 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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