Is It Worth Buying Edelweiss Financial Services Limited (NSE:EDELWEISS) For Its 1.8% Dividend Yield?

Dividend paying stocks like Edelweiss Financial Services Limited (NSE:EDELWEISS) tend to be popular with investors, and for good reason – some research suggests a significant amount of all stock market returns come from reinvested dividends. On the other hand, investors have been known to buy a stock because of its yield, and then lose money if the company’s dividend doesn’t live up to expectations.

So you might want to consider getting our latest analysis on Edelweiss Financial Services’s financial health here.

A slim 1.8% yield is hard to get excited about, but the long payment history is respectable. At the right price, or with strong growth opportunities, Edelweiss Financial Services could have potential. Remember that the recent share price drop will make Edelweiss Financial Services’s yield look higher, even though recent events might have impacted the company’s prospects. Some simple analysis can reduce the risk of holding Edelweiss Financial Services for its dividend, and we’ll focus on the most important aspects below.

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NSEI:EDELWEISS Historical Dividend Yield, October 16th 2019
NSEI:EDELWEISS Historical Dividend Yield, October 16th 2019

Payout ratios

Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable – hardly an ideal situation. So we need to form a view on if a company’s dividend is sustainable, relative to its net profit after tax. Looking at the data, we can see that 14% of Edelweiss Financial Services’s profits were paid out as dividends in the last 12 months. Given the low payout ratio, it is hard to envision the dividend coming under threat, barring a catastrophe.

Dividend Volatility

One of the major risks of relying on dividend income, is the potential for a company to struggle financially and cut its dividend. Not only is your income cut, but the value of your investment declines as well – nasty. For the purpose of this article, we only scrutinise the last decade of Edelweiss Financial Services’s dividend payments. Its dividend payments have fallen by 20% or more on at least one occasion over the past ten years. During the past ten-year period, the first annual payment was ₹0.30 in 2009, compared to ₹1.40 last year. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 17% a year over that time. The growth in dividends has not been linear, but the CAGR is a decent approximation of the rate of change over this time frame.

Edelweiss Financial Services has grown distributions at a rapid rate despite cutting the dividend at least once in the past. Companies that cut once often cut again, but it might be worth considering if the business has turned a corner.

Dividend Growth Potential

Given that the dividend has been cut in the past, we need to check if earnings are growing and if that might lead to stronger dividends in the future. It’s good to see Edelweiss Financial Services has been growing its earnings per share at 28% a year over the past five years. Earnings per share have grown rapidly, and the company is retaining a majority of its earnings. We think this is ideal from an investment perspective, if the company is able to reinvest these earnings effectively.

We’d also point out that Edelweiss Financial Services issued a meaningful number of new shares in the past year. Trying to grow the dividend when issuing new shares reminds us of the ancient Greek tale of Sisyphus – perpetually pushing a boulder uphill. Companies that consistently issue new shares are often suboptimal from a dividend perspective.

Conclusion

To summarise, shareholders should always check that Edelweiss Financial Services’s dividends are affordable, that its dividend payments are relatively stable, and that it has decent prospects for growing its earnings and dividend. We’re glad to see Edelweiss Financial Services has a low payout ratio, as this suggests earnings are being reinvested in the business. Next, earnings growth has been good, but unfortunately the dividend has been cut at least once in the past. Overall we think Edelweiss Financial Services is an interesting dividend stock, although it could be better.

Companies that are growing earnings tend to be the best dividend stocks over the long term. See what the 5 analysts we track are forecasting for Edelweiss Financial Services for free with public analyst estimates for the company.

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