Be Sure To Check Out A.P.N. Promise S.A. (WSE:PRO) Before It Goes Ex-Dividend

Readers hoping to buy A.P.N. Promise S.A. (WSE:PRO) for its dividend will need to make their move shortly, as the stock is about to trade ex-dividend. You will need to purchase shares before the 13th of December to receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 23rd of December.

The upcoming dividend for A.P.N. Promise is zł0.20 per share, increased from last year’s total dividends per share of zł0.18. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether A.P.N. Promise’s dividend is reliable and sustainable. So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.

View our latest analysis for A.P.N. Promise

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 A.P.N. Promise paying out a modest 28% of its earnings. 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. Thankfully its dividend payments took up just 25% of the free cash flow it generated, which is a comfortable payout ratio.

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.

Click here to see how much of its profit A.P.N. Promise paid out over the last 12 months.

WSE:PRO Historical Dividend Yield, December 9th 2019
WSE:PRO Historical Dividend Yield, December 9th 2019

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Businesses with strong growth prospects usually make the best dividend payers, because it’s easier to grow dividends when earnings per share are improving. If earnings decline and the company is forced to cut its dividend, investors could watch the value of their investment go up in smoke. Fortunately for readers, A.P.N. Promise’s earnings per share have been growing at 14% a year for the past five years. Earnings per share have been growing rapidly and the company is retaining a majority of its earnings within the business. Fast-growing businesses that are reinvesting heavily are enticing from a dividend perspective, especially since they can often increase the payout ratio later.

Another key way to measure a company’s dividend prospects is by measuring its historical rate of dividend growth. A.P.N. Promise’s dividend payments per share have declined at 27% per year on average over the past three years, which is uninspiring. It’s unusual to see earnings per share increasing at the same time as dividends per share have been in decline. We’d hope it’s because the company is reinvesting heavily in its business, but it could also suggest business is lumpy.

To Sum It Up

Is A.P.N. Promise worth buying for its dividend? It’s great that A.P.N. Promise is growing earnings per share while simultaneously paying out a low percentage of both its earnings and cash flow. It’s disappointing to see the dividend has been cut at least once in the past, but as things stand now, the low payout ratio suggests a conservative approach to dividends, which we like. It’s a promising combination that should mark this company worthy of closer attention.

Want to learn more about A.P.N. Promise’s dividend performance? Check out this visualisation of its historical revenue and earnings growth.

We wouldn’t recommend just buying the first dividend stock you see, though. Here’s a list of interesting dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

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