It looks like Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure Ltd. (TSE:TWM) is about to go ex-dividend in the next day or two. The ex-dividend date is usually set to be one business day before the record date which is the cut-off date on which you must be present on the company's books as a shareholder in order to receive the dividend. The ex-dividend date is important because any transaction on a stock needs to have been settled before the record date in order to be eligible for a dividend. Meaning, you will need to purchase Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure's shares before the 28th of September to receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 29th of October.
The company's upcoming dividend is CA$0.01 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of CA$0.04 per share to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure has a trailing yield of 2.9% on the current stock price of CA$1.37. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. 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. Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure has a low and conservative payout ratio of just 18% of its income after tax. 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. The good news is it paid out just 10% of its free cash flow in the last year.
It's encouraging to see that the dividend is covered by both profit and cash flow. This generally suggests the dividend is sustainable, as long as earnings don't drop precipitously.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Stocks in companies that generate sustainable earnings growth often make the best dividend prospects, as it is easier to lift the dividend when earnings are rising. If earnings fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. Fortunately for readers, Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure's earnings per share have been growing at 16% a year for the past five years. Earnings per share have been growing rapidly and the company is retaining a majority of its earnings within the business. Fast-growing businesses that are reinvesting heavily are enticing from a dividend perspective, especially since they can often increase the payout ratio later.
The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. It looks like the Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure dividends are largely the same as they were six years ago.
Is Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure an attractive dividend stock, or better left on the shelf? Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure has been growing earnings at a rapid rate, and has a conservatively low payout ratio, implying that it is reinvesting heavily in its business; a sterling combination. It's a promising combination that should mark this company worthy of closer attention.
So while Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure looks good from a dividend perspective, it's always worthwhile being up to date with the risks involved in this stock. For instance, we've identified 4 warning signs for Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure (2 are potentially serious) you should be aware of.
We wouldn't recommend just buying the first dividend stock you see, though. Here's a list of interesting dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.
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