Public Joint Stock Company Raspadskaya (MCX:RASP) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 3 days time. Investors can purchase shares before the 17th of October in order to be eligible for this dividend, which will be paid on the 1st of January.
Raspadskaya's next dividend payment will be ₽2.5 per share, which looks like a nice increase on last year, when the company distributed a total of ₽0.08 to shareholders. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.
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. Raspadskaya paid out just 6.5% of its profit last year, which we think is conservatively low and leaves plenty of margin for unexpected circumstances.
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 Raspadskaya has grown its earnings rapidly, up 65% a year for the past five years. Raspadskaya earnings per share have been sprinting ahead like the Road Runner at a track and field day; scarcely stopping even for a cheeky "beep-beep". We also like that it is reinvesting most of its profits in its business.'
Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. Raspadskaya's dividend payments per share have declined at 7.3% per year on average over the past ten years, which is uninspiring. It's unusual to see earnings per share increasing at the same time as dividends per share have been in decline. We'd hope it's because the company is reinvesting heavily in its business, but it could also suggest business is lumpy.
Should investors buy Raspadskaya for the upcoming dividend? Typically, companies that are growing rapidly and paying out a low fraction of earnings are keeping the profits for reinvestment in the business. This strategy can add significant value to shareholders over the long term - as long as it's done without issuing too many new shares. Raspadskaya 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.
Want to learn more about Raspadskaya? Here's a visualisation of its historical rate of revenue and earnings growth.
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