Arabian Cement Company (TADAWUL:3010) is reducing its dividend from last year’s comparable payment to SAR1.10 on the 15th of September. However, the dividend yield of 7.8% is still a decent boost to shareholder returns.
Check out our latest analysis for Arabian Cement
Arabian Cement Doesn’t Earn Enough To Cover Its Payments
We like to see robust dividend yields, but that doesn’t matter if the payment isn’t sustainable. Before making this announcement, the company’s dividend was much higher than its earnings. It will be difficult to sustain this level of payout so we wouldn’t be confident about this continuing.
The next 12 months is set to see EPS grow by 24.3%. Assuming the dividend continues along recent trends, we think the payout ratio could reach 120%, which probably can’t continue without putting some pressure on the balance sheet.
The company’s dividend history has been marked by instability, with at least one cut in the last 10 years. Since 2012, the dividend has gone from SAR1.60 total annually to SAR3.00. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 6.5% over that duration. It’s good to see the dividend growing at a decent rate, but the dividend has been cut at least once in the past. Arabian Cement might have put its house in order since then, but we remain cautious.
Dividend Growth Potential Is Shaky
With a relatively unstable dividend, it’s even more important to evaluate if earnings per share is growing, which could point to a growing dividend in the future. Over the past five years, it looks as though Arabian Cement’s EPS has declined at around 11% a year. Dividend payments are likely to come under some pressure unless EPS can pull out of the nosedive it is in. Over the next year, however, earnings are actually predicted to rise, but we would still be cautious until a track record of earnings growth can be built.
We’re Not Big Fans Of Arabian Cement’s Dividend
To sum up, we don’t like when dividends are cut, but in this case the dividend may have been too high to begin with. The company isn’t making enough to be paying as much as it is, and the other factors don’t look particularly promising either. The dividend doesn’t inspire confidence that it will provide solid income in the future.
Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. At the same time, there are other factors our readers should be conscious of before pouring capital into a stock. As an example, we’ve identified 1 warning sign for Arabian Cement 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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