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Toromont Industries Ltd. (TSE:TIH) Is About To Go Ex-Dividend, And It Pays A 0.4% Yield

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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 Toromont Industries Ltd. (TSE:TIH) is about to go ex-dividend in just 4 days. You will need to purchase shares before the 5th of September to receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 2nd of October.

Toromont Industries's next dividend payment will be CA$0.27 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of CA$1.08 per share. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Toromont Industries has a trailing yield of 1.7% on the current stock price of CA$63.77. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. That's why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.

Check out our latest analysis for Toromont Industries

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. That's why it's good to see Toromont Industries paying out a modest 30% of its earnings. 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. Toromont Industries paid out more free cash flow than it generated - 153%, to be precise - last year, which we think is concerningly high. We're curious about why the company paid out more cash than it generated last year, since this can be one of the early signs that a dividend may be unsustainable.

Toromont Industries paid out less in dividends than it reported in profits, but unfortunately it didn't generate enough cash to cover the dividend. Were this to happen repeatedly, this would be a risk to Toromont Industries's ability to maintain its dividend.

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

TSX:TIH Historical Dividend Yield, August 31st 2019

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 business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. Fortunately for readers, Toromont Industries's earnings per share have been growing at 16% a year for the past five years. Earnings have been growing at a decent rate, but we're concerned dividend payments consumed most of the company's cash flow over the past year.

Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. Toromont Industries has delivered 6.8% dividend growth per year on average over the past 10 years. We're glad to see dividends rising alongside earnings over a number of years, which may be a sign the company intends to share the growth with shareholders.

To Sum It Up

Has Toromont Industries got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? We like that Toromont Industries 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. All things considered, we are not particularly enthused about Toromont Industries from a dividend perspective.

Ever wonder what the future holds for Toromont Industries? See what the eight analysts we track are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow

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