It looks like Badger Infrastructure Solutions Ltd. (TSE:BDGI) is about to go ex-dividend in the next 4 days. Typically, the ex-dividend date is one business day before the record date which is the date on which a company determines the shareholders eligible to receive a dividend. The ex-dividend date is of consequence because whenever a stock is bought or sold, the trade takes at least two business day to settle. Thus, you can purchase Badger Infrastructure Solutions' shares before the 29th of November in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 15th of December.
The company's next dividend payment will be CA$0.052 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of CA$0.63 per share. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Badger Infrastructure Solutions has a trailing yield of 2.0% on the current stock price of CA$32.1. We love seeing companies pay a dividend, but it's also important to be sure that laying the golden eggs isn't going to kill our golden goose! That's why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.
Dividends are usually paid out of company profits, so if a company pays out more than it earned then its dividend is usually at greater risk of being cut. Badger Infrastructure Solutions's dividend is not well covered by earnings, as the company lost money last year. This is not a sustainable state of affairs, so it would be worth investigating if earnings are expected to recover. Given that the company reported a loss last year, we now need to see if it generated enough free cash flow to fund the dividend. If Badger Infrastructure Solutions didn't generate enough cash to pay the dividend, then it must have either paid from cash in the bank or by borrowing money, neither of which is sustainable in the long term. The company paid out 103% of its free cash flow over the last year, which we think is outside the ideal range for most businesses. Companies usually need cash more than they need earnings - expenses don't pay themselves - so it's not great to see it paying out so much of its cash flow.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Companies with falling earnings are riskier for dividend shareholders. Investors love dividends, so if earnings fall and the dividend is reduced, expect a stock to be sold off heavily at the same time. Badger Infrastructure Solutions was unprofitable last year and, unfortunately, the general trend suggests its earnings have been in decline over the last five years, making us wonder if the dividend is sustainable at all.
Another key way to measure a company's dividend prospects is by measuring its historical rate of dividend growth. In the past 10 years, Badger Infrastructure Solutions has increased its dividend at approximately 6.4% a year on average.
Remember, you can always get a snapshot of Badger Infrastructure Solutions's financial health, by checking our visualisation of its financial health, here.
The Bottom Line
Has Badger Infrastructure Solutions got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? First, it's not great to see the company paying a dividend despite being loss-making over the last year. Second, the dividend was not well covered by cash flow." It's not an attractive combination from a dividend perspective, and we're inclined to pass on this one for the time being.
Having said that, if you're looking at this stock without much concern for the dividend, you should still be familiar of the risks involved with Badger Infrastructure Solutions. Case in point: We've spotted 2 warning signs for Badger Infrastructure Solutions you should be aware of.
If you're in the market for dividend stocks, we recommend checking our list of top dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.
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