Readers hoping to buy Link Administration Holdings Limited (ASX:LNK) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly, as the stock is about to trade ex-dividend. You will need to purchase shares before the 4th of September to receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 10th of October.
Link Administration Holdings's next dividend payment will be AU$0.13 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of AU$0.20 per share. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Link Administration Holdings has a trailing yield of 3.7% on the current stock price of A$5.48. 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! That's why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.
Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned in profit, then the dividend could be unsustainable. Link Administration Holdings is paying out just 25% of its profit after tax, which is comfortably low and leaves plenty of breathing room in the case of adverse events. Yet cash flow is typically more important than profit for assessing dividend sustainability, so we should always check if the company generated enough cash to afford its dividend. Over the last year it paid out 69% of its free cash flow as dividends, within the usual range for most companies.
It's encouraging to see that the dividend is covered by both profit and cash flow. This generally suggests the dividend is sustainable, as long as earnings don't drop precipitously.
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 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 Link Administration Holdings has grown its earnings rapidly, up 56% a year for 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. Link Administration Holdings has delivered an average of 37% per year annual increase in its dividend, based on the past 3 years of dividend payments. Both per-share earnings and dividends have both been growing rapidly in recent times, which is great to see.
Is Link Administration Holdings an attractive dividend stock, or better left on the shelf? From a dividend perspective, we're encouraged to see that earnings per share have been growing, the company is paying out less than half of its earnings, and a bit over half its free cash flow. There's a lot to like about Link Administration Holdings, and we would prioritise taking a closer look at it.
Wondering what the future holds for Link Administration Holdings? See what the nine analysts we track are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow
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