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Is It Smart To Buy Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ:SPNS) Before It Goes Ex-Dividend?

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Readers hoping to buy Sapiens International Corporation N.V. (NASDAQ:SPNS) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly, as the stock is about to trade ex-dividend. Investors can purchase shares before the 26th of May in order to be eligible for this dividend, which will be paid on the 10th of June.

Sapiens International's next dividend payment will be US$0.14 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed US$0.56 to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Sapiens International has a trailing yield of 2.3% on the current stock price of $24.83. 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 Sapiens International has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.

View our latest analysis for Sapiens International

If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation.

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

NasdaqCM:SPNS Historical Dividend Yield May 23rd 2020

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Stocks in companies that generate sustainable earnings growth often make the best dividend prospects, as it is easier to lift the dividend when earnings are rising. Investors love dividends, so if earnings fall and the dividend is reduced, expect a stock to be sold off heavily at the same time. Fortunately for readers, Sapiens International's earnings per share have been growing at 13% a year for the past five years. Sapiens International has an average payout ratio which suggests a balance between growing earnings and rewarding shareholders. This is a reasonable combination that could hint at some further dividend increases in the future.

This is Sapiens International's first year of paying a dividend, which is exciting for shareholders - but it does mean there's no dividend history to examine.

To Sum It Up

Is Sapiens International an attractive dividend stock, or better left on the shelf? When companies are growing rapidly and retaining a majority of the profits within the business, it's usually a sign that reinvesting earnings creates more value than paying dividends to shareholders. This is one of the most attractive investment combinations under this analysis, as it can create substantial value for investors over the long run. Sapiens International ticks a lot of boxes for us from a dividend perspective, and we think these characteristics should mark the company as deserving of further attention.

On that note, you'll want to research what risks Sapiens International is facing. In terms of investment risks, we've identified 2 warning signs with Sapiens International and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

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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