Regular readers will know that we love our dividends at Simply Wall St, which is why it’s exciting to see Magnum Berhad (KLSE:MAGNUM) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next three days. 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 important because any transaction on a stock needs to have been settled before the record date in order to be eligible for a dividend. Thus, you can purchase Magnum Berhad’s shares before the 15th of June in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 30th of June.
The company’s upcoming dividend is RM0.01 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of RM0.05 per share to shareholders. Based on the last year’s worth of payments, Magnum Berhad stock has a trailing yield of around 5.0% on the current share price of MYR1.01. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether Magnum Berhad’s dividend is reliable and sustainable. So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.
Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned in profit, then the dividend could be unsustainable. Magnum Berhad paid out 72% of its earnings to investors last year, a normal payout level for most businesses. Yet cash flows are even more important than profits for assessing a dividend, so we need to see if the company generated enough cash to pay its distribution. It paid out more than half (51%) of its free cash flow in the past year, which is within an average range for most companies.
It’s encouraging to see that the dividend is covered by both profit and cash flow. This generally suggests the dividend is sustainable, as long as earnings don’t drop precipitously.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Businesses with shrinking earnings are tricky from a dividend perspective. If earnings decline and the company is forced to cut its dividend, investors could watch the value of their investment go up in smoke. With that in mind, we’re discomforted by Magnum Berhad’s 14% per annum decline in earnings in the past five years. When earnings per share fall, the maximum amount of dividends that can be paid also falls.
The main way most investors will assess a company’s dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Magnum Berhad’s dividend payments per share have declined at 13% per year on average over the past 10 years, which is uninspiring. While it’s not great that earnings and dividends per share have fallen in recent years, we’re encouraged by the fact that management has trimmed the dividend rather than risk over-committing the company in a risky attempt to maintain yields to shareholders.
To Sum It Up
Is Magnum Berhad an attractive dividend stock, or better left on the shelf? It’s never good to see earnings per share shrinking, but at least the dividend payout ratios appear reasonable. We’re aware though that if earnings continue to decline, the dividend could be at risk. It’s not that we think Magnum Berhad is a bad company, but these characteristics don’t generally lead to outstanding dividend performance.
So if you’re still interested in Magnum Berhad despite it’s poor dividend qualities, you should be well informed on some of the risks facing this stock. In terms of investment risks, we’ve identified 1 warning sign with Magnum Berhad and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
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