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Be Sure To Check Out Bisichi Mining Plc (LON:BISI) Before It Goes Ex-Dividend

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Bisichi Mining Plc (LON:BISI) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 3 days time. Ex-dividend means that investors that purchase the stock on or after the 9th of January will not receive this dividend, which will be paid on the 14th of February.

Bisichi Mining's next dividend payment will be UK£0.01 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed UK£0.06 to shareholders. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, Bisichi Mining has a trailing yield of approximately 3.6% on its current stock price of £1.1. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether Bisichi Mining's dividend is reliable and sustainable. So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.

View our latest analysis for Bisichi Mining

Dividends are typically paid out of company income, so if a company pays out more than it earned, its dividend is usually at a higher risk of being cut. Bisichi Mining has a low and conservative payout ratio of just 12% of its income after tax. That said, even highly profitable companies sometimes might not generate enough cash to pay the dividend, which is why we should always check if the dividend is covered by cash flow. Thankfully its dividend payments took up just 47% of the free cash flow it generated, which is a comfortable payout ratio.

It's positive to see that Bisichi Mining'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.

Click here to see how much of its profit Bisichi Mining paid out over the last 12 months.

LSE:BISI Historical Dividend Yield, January 5th 2020

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. If earnings fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. It's encouraging to see Bisichi Mining has grown its earnings rapidly, up 59% a year for the past five years. Earnings per share have been growing very quickly, and the company is paying out a relatively low percentage of its profit and cash flow. This is a very favourable combination that can often lead to the dividend multiplying over the long term, if earnings grow and the company pays out a higher percentage of its earnings.

Another key way to measure a company's dividend prospects is by measuring its historical rate of dividend growth. In the last ten years, Bisichi Mining has lifted its dividend by approximately 1.3% a year on average. 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

From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid Bisichi Mining? It's great that Bisichi Mining is growing earnings per share while simultaneously paying out a low percentage of both its earnings and cash flow. It's disappointing to see the dividend has been cut at least once in the past, but as things stand now, the low payout ratio suggests a conservative approach to dividends, which we like. Overall we think this is an attractive combination and worthy of further research.

Want to learn more about Bisichi Mining? Here's a visualisation of its historical rate of revenue and earnings growth.

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