Readers hoping to buy Precot Limited (NSE:PRECOT) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly, as the stock is about to trade ex-dividend. The ex-dividend date is usually set to be one business day before the record date which is the cut-off date on which you must be present on the company’s books as a shareholder in order to receive the dividend. The ex-dividend date is an important date to be aware of as any purchase of the stock made on or after this date might mean a late settlement that doesn’t show on the record date. In other words, investors can purchase Precot’s shares before the 11th of August in order to be eligible for the dividend, which will be paid on the 21st of September.
The company’s next dividend payment will be ₹6.00 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed ₹6.00 to shareholders. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, Precot has a trailing yield of approximately 2.6% on its current stock price of ₹234.05. We love seeing companies pay a dividend, but it’s also important to be sure that laying the golden eggs isn’t going to kill our golden goose! So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.
See our latest analysis for Precot
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. Precot paid out just 6.8% of its profit last year, which we think is conservatively low and leaves plenty of margin for unexpected circumstances. A useful secondary check can be to evaluate whether Precot generated enough free cash flow to afford its dividend. Precot paid a dividend despite reporting negative free cash flow over the last twelve months. This may be due to heavy investment in the business, but this is still suboptimal from a dividend sustainability perspective.
Click here to see how much of its profit Precot paid out over the last 12 months.
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 fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. It’s encouraging to see Precot has grown its earnings rapidly, up 72% a year for the past five years.
Many investors will assess a company’s dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. In the past nine years, Precot has increased its dividend at approximately 28% a year on average. Both per-share earnings and dividends have both been growing rapidly in recent times, which is great to see.
To Sum It Up
Is Precot an attractive dividend stock, or better left on the shelf? We’re glad to see the company has been improving its earnings per share while also paying out a low percentage of income. However, it’s not great to see it paying out what we see as an uncomfortably high percentage of its cash flow. Overall, it’s hard to get excited about Precot from a dividend perspective.
While it’s tempting to invest in Precot for the dividends alone, you should always be mindful of the risks involved. Our analysis shows 3 warning signs for Precot that we strongly recommend you have a look at before investing in the company.
Generally, we wouldn’t recommend just buying the first dividend stock you see. Here’s a curated list of interesting stocks that are strong dividend payers.
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