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Is It Worth Considering Pental Limited (ASX:PTL) For Its Upcoming Dividend?

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Pental Limited (ASX:PTL) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 3 days. Investors can purchase shares before the 26th of February in order to be eligible for this dividend, which will be paid on the 24th of March.

Pental's upcoming dividend is AU$0.01 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of AU$0.022 per share to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Pental stock has a trailing yield of around 5.6% on the current share price of A$0.39. 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.

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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. Pental paid out more than half (53%) of its earnings last year, which is a regular payout ratio for most companies. 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. Fortunately, it paid out only 45% of its free cash flow in the past year.

It's positive to see that Pental's dividend is covered by both profits and cash flow, since this is generally a sign that the dividend is sustainable, and a lower payout ratio usually suggests a greater margin of safety before the dividend gets cut.

Click here to see how much of its profit Pental paid out over the last 12 months.

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ASX:PTL Historic Dividend February 22nd 2021

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 fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. This is why it's a relief to see Pental earnings per share are up 3.0% per annum over the last five years. Earnings per share growth has been slim, and the company is already paying out a majority of its earnings. While there is some room to both increase the payout ratio and reinvest in the business, generally the higher a payout ratio goes, the lower a company's prospects for future growth.

Another key way to measure a company's dividend prospects is by measuring its historical rate of dividend growth. Pental's dividend payments per share have declined at 31% per year on average over the past 10 years, which is uninspiring. Pental is a rare case where dividends have been decreasing at the same time as earnings per share have been improving. It's unusual to see, and could point to unstable conditions in the core business, or more rarely an intensified focus on reinvesting profits.

The Bottom Line

Is Pental an attractive dividend stock, or better left on the shelf? Earnings per share growth has been modest and Pental paid out over half of its profits and less than half of its free cash flow, although both payout ratios are within normal limits. In summary, while it has some positive characteristics, we're not inclined to race out and buy Pental today.

On that note, you'll want to research what risks Pental is facing. For example, we've found 2 warning signs for Pental that we recommend you consider before investing in the business.

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