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Vinci Partners Investments (NASDAQ:VINP) Is Paying Out Less In Dividends Than Last Year

Vinci Partners Investments Ltd.'s (NASDAQ:VINP) dividend is being reduced from last year's payment covering the same period to R$0.16 on the 9th of June. However, the dividend yield of 9.2% is still a decent boost to shareholder returns.

While the dividend yield is important for income investors, it is also important to consider any large share price moves, as this will generally outweigh any gains from distributions. Vinci Partners Investments' stock price has reduced by 32% in the last 3 months, which is not ideal for investors and can explain a sharp increase in the dividend yield.

See our latest analysis for Vinci Partners Investments

Vinci Partners Investments' Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings

We like to see robust dividend yields, but that doesn't matter if the payment isn't sustainable. Prior to this announcement, Vinci Partners Investments' dividend was making up a very large proportion of earnings and perhaps more concerning was that it was 132% of cash flows. This is certainly a risk factor, as reduced cash flows could force the company to pay a lower dividend.

Looking forward, earnings per share is forecast to rise by 137.9% over the next year. Under the assumption that the dividend will continue along recent trends, we think the payout ratio could be 7.8% which would be quite comfortable going to take the dividend forward.


Vinci Partners Investments Doesn't Have A Long Payment History

The dividend has been pretty stable looking back, but the company hasn't been paying one for very long. This makes it tough to judge how it would fare through a full economic cycle. The dividend has gone from an annual total of R$3.1 in 2021 to the most recent total annual payment of R$3.47. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 5.8% per annum over that time. Vinci Partners Investments has been growing its dividend at a decent rate, and the payments have been stable. However, the payment history is very short, so there is no evidence yet that the dividend can be sustained over a full economic cycle.

Dividend Growth Potential Is Shaky

The company's investors will be pleased to have been receiving dividend income for some time. Unfortunately things aren't as good as they seem. Vinci Partners Investments' EPS has fallen by approximately 10% per year during the past five years. A sharp decline in earnings per share is not great from from a dividend perspective. Even conservative payout ratios can come under pressure if earnings fall far enough. However, the next year is actually looking up, with earnings set to rise. We would just wait until it becomes a pattern before getting too excited.

The Dividend Could Prove To Be Unreliable

Overall, it's not great to see that the dividend has been cut, but this might be explained by the payments being a bit high previously. The track record isn't great, and the payments are a bit high to be considered sustainable. Overall, we don't think this company has the makings of a good income stock.

Market movements attest to how highly valued a consistent dividend policy is compared to one which is more unpredictable. However, there are other things to consider for investors when analysing stock performance. As an example, we've identified 1 warning sign for Vinci Partners Investments that you should be aware of before investing. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.

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