Key Things To Watch Out For If You Are After Pearl Global Industries Limited’s (NSE:PGIL) 2.0% Dividend

Today we’ll take a closer look at Pearl Global Industries Limited (NSE:PGIL) from a dividend investor’s perspective. Owning a strong business and reinvesting the dividends is widely seen as an attractive way of growing your wealth. Unfortunately, it’s common for investors to be enticed in by the seemingly attractive yield, and lose money when the company has to cut its dividend payments.

So you might want to consider getting our latest analysis on Pearl Global Industries’s financial health here.

Investors might not know much about Pearl Global Industries’s dividend prospects, even though it has been paying dividends for the last seven years and offers a 2.0% yield. While the yield may not look too great, the relatively long payment history is interesting. Some simple analysis can reduce the risk of holding Pearl Global Industries for its dividend, and we’ll focus on the most important aspects below.

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NSEI:PGIL Historical Dividend Yield, December 9th 2019
NSEI:PGIL Historical Dividend Yield, December 9th 2019

Payout ratios

Dividends are usually paid out of company earnings. If a company is paying more than it earns, then the dividend might become unsustainable – hardly an ideal situation. Comparing dividend payments to a company’s net profit after tax is a simple way of reality-checking whether a dividend is sustainable. Pearl Global Industries paid out 9.7% of its profit as dividends, over the trailing twelve month period. Given the low payout ratio, it is hard to envision the dividend coming under threat, barring a catastrophe.

In addition to comparing dividends against profits, we should inspect whether the company generated enough cash to pay its dividend. Unfortunately, while Pearl Global Industries pays a dividend, it also reported negative free cash flow last year. While there may be a good reason for this, it’s not ideal from a dividend perspective.

Is Pearl Global Industries’s Balance Sheet Risky?

As Pearl Global Industries has a meaningful amount of debt, we need to check its balance sheet to see if the company might have debt risks. A quick check of its financial situation can be done with two ratios: net debt divided by EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation), and net interest cover. Net debt to EBITDA measures total debt load relative to company earnings (lower = less debt), while net interest cover measures the ability to pay interest on the debt (higher = greater ability to pay interest costs). With net debt of 1.94 times its EBITDA, Pearl Global Industries has an acceptable level of debt.

Net interest cover can be calculated by dividing earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) by the company’s net interest expense. With EBIT of 2.65 times its interest expense, Pearl Global Industries’s interest cover is starting to look a bit thin.

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. Looking at the data, we can see that Pearl Global Industries has been paying a dividend for the past seven years. Although it has been paying a dividend for several years now, the dividend has been cut at least once by more than 20%, and we’re cautious about the consistency of its dividend across a full economic cycle. During the past seven-year period, the first annual payment was ₹1.00 in 2012, compared to ₹3.00 last year. Dividends per share have grown at approximately 17% per year over this time. The dividends haven’t grown at precisely 17% every year, but this is a useful way to average out the historical rate of growth.

Pearl Global Industries 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

With a relatively unstable dividend, it’s even more important to see if earnings per share (EPS) are growing. Why take the risk of a dividend getting cut, unless there’s a good chance of bigger dividends in future? It’s good to see Pearl Global Industries has been growing its earnings per share at 12% a year over the past five years. Earnings per share are growing at a solid clip, and the payout ratio is low. We think this is an ideal combination in a dividend stock.

Conclusion

When we look at a dividend stock, we need to form a judgement on whether the dividend will grow, if the company is able to maintain it in a wide range of economic circumstances, and if the dividend payout is sustainable. Pearl Global Industries has a low payout ratio, which we like, although it paid out virtually all of its generated cash. We were also glad to see it growing earnings, but it was concerning to see the dividend has been cut at least once in the past. In sum, we find it hard to get excited about Pearl Global Industries from a dividend perspective. It’s not that we think it’s a bad business; just that there are other companies that perform better on these criteria.

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