James River Group Holdings, Ltd. (NASDAQ:JRVR) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 4 days time. Ex-dividend means that investors that purchase the stock on or after the 13th of September will not receive this dividend, which will be paid on the 30th of September.
James River Group Holdings’s next dividend payment will be US$0.30 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of US$1.20 per share. Calculating the last year’s worth of payments shows that James River Group Holdings has a trailing yield of 2.4% on the current share price of $50.15. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. That’s why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.
If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable – hardly an ideal situation. James River Group Holdings paid out a comfortable 49% of its profit last year.
When a company paid out less in dividends than it earned in profit, this generally suggests its dividend is affordable. The lower the % of its profit that it pays out, the greater the margin of safety for the dividend if the business enters a downturn.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Stocks in companies that generate sustainable earnings growth often make the best dividend prospects, as it is easier to lift the dividend when earnings are rising. If earnings fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. This is why it’s a relief to see James River Group Holdings earnings per share are up 2.2% per annum over the last five years.
Many investors will assess a company’s dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. In the last five years, James River Group Holdings has lifted its dividend by approximately 13% a year on average. It’s encouraging to see the company lifting dividends while earnings are growing, suggesting at least some corporate interest in rewarding shareholders.
The Bottom Line
Should investors buy James River Group Holdings for the upcoming dividend? It has been growing its earnings per share somewhat in recent years, although it reinvests more than half its earnings in the business, which could suggest there are some growth projects that have not yet reached fruition. James River Group Holdings ticks a lot of boxes for us from a dividend perspective, and we think these characteristics should mark the company as deserving of further attention.
Curious what other investors think of James River Group Holdings? See what analysts are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow.
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