Is Société Fermière du Casino Municipal de Cannes (EPA:FCMC) A Smart Pick For Income Investors?

Dividend paying stocks like Société Fermière du Casino Municipal de Cannes (EPA:FCMC) 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. Yet sometimes, investors buy a popular dividend stock because of its yield, and then lose money if the company’s dividend doesn’t live up to expectations.

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In this case, Société Fermière du Casino Municipal de Cannes likely looks attractive to investors, given its 3.6% dividend yield and a payment history of over ten years. It would not be a surprise to discover that many investors buy it for the dividends. Some simple analysis can reduce the risk of holding Société Fermière du Casino Municipal de Cannes for its dividend, and we’ll focus on the most important aspects below.

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ENXTPA:FCMC Historical Dividend Yield, November 13th 2019
ENXTPA:FCMC Historical Dividend Yield, November 13th 2019

Payout ratios

Companies (usually) pay dividends out of their earnings. If a company is paying more than it earns, the dividend might have to be cut. As a result, we should always investigate whether a company can afford its dividend, measured as a percentage of a company’s net income after tax. In the last year, Société Fermière du Casino Municipal de Cannes paid out 68% of its profit as dividends. A payout ratio above 50% generally implies a business is reaching maturity, although it is still possible to reinvest in the business or increase the dividend over time.

With a strong net cash balance, Société Fermière du Casino Municipal de Cannes investors may not have much to worry about in the near term from a dividend perspective.

Dividend Volatility

From the perspective of an income investor who wants to earn dividends for many years, there is not much point buying a stock if its dividend is regularly cut or is not reliable. For the purpose of this article, we only scrutinise the last decade of Société Fermière du Casino Municipal de Cannes’s dividend payments. This dividend has been unstable, which we define as having fallen by at least 20% one or more times over this time. During the past ten-year period, the first annual payment was €40.15 in 2009, compared to €60.00 last year. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 4.1% a year over that time. The dividends haven’t grown at precisely 4.1% every year, but this is a useful way to average out the historical rate of growth.

It’s good to see some dividend growth, but the dividend has been cut at least once, and the size of the cut would eliminate most of the growth, anyway. We’re not that enthused by this.

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 Société Fermière du Casino Municipal de Cannes has been growing its earnings per share at 15% a year over the past five years. Société Fermière du Casino Municipal de Cannes’s earnings per share have grown rapidly in recent years, although more than half of its profits are being paid out as dividends, which makes us wonder if the company has a limited number of reinvestment opportunities in its business.

Conclusion

Dividend investors should always want to know if a) a company’s dividends are affordable, b) if there is a track record of consistent payments, and c) if the dividend is capable of growing. Société Fermière du Casino Municipal de Cannes’s payout ratio is within an average range for most market participants. Next, earnings growth has been good, but unfortunately the dividend has been cut at least once in the past. Overall we think Société Fermière du Casino Municipal de Cannes is an interesting dividend stock, although it could be better.

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