Some investors rely on dividends for growing their wealth, and if you're one of those dividend sleuths, you might be intrigued to know that Frontera Energy Corporation (TSE:FEC) is about to go ex-dividend in just 4 days. Investors can purchase shares before the 1st of October in order to be eligible for this dividend, which will be paid on the 16th of October.
Frontera Energy's next dividend payment will be CA$0.2 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of CA$0.6 to shareholders. Last year's total dividend payments show that Frontera Energy has a trailing yield of 6.0% on the current share price of CA$13.5. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. That's why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.
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. Fortunately Frontera Energy's payout ratio is modest, at just 26% of profit. 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.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Companies with consistently growing earnings per share generally make the best dividend stocks, as they usually find it easier to grow dividends per share. If earnings decline and the company is forced to cut its dividend, investors could watch the value of their investment go up in smoke. That's why it's comforting to see Frontera Energy's earnings have been skyrocketing, up 25% per annum for the past five years.
Unfortunately Frontera Energy has only been paying a dividend for a year or so, so there's not much of a history to draw insight from.
The Bottom Line
Should investors buy Frontera Energy for the upcoming dividend? We like that Frontera Energy has been successfully growing its earnings per share at a nice rate and reinvesting most of its profits in the business. However, we note the high cashflow payout ratio with some concern. To summarise, Frontera Energy looks okay on this analysis, although it doesn't appear a stand-out opportunity.
Ever wonder what the future holds for Frontera Energy? See what the two analysts we track are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow
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