Rogers Sugar (TSE:RSI) Is Due To Pay A Dividend Of CA$0.09

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Simply Wall St
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May 17, 2022
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Rogers Sugar Inc. (TSE:RSI) has announced that it will pay a dividend of CA$0.09 per share on the 13th of July. This makes the dividend yield 5.7%, which will augment investor returns quite nicely.

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Rogers Sugar's Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings

We like to see robust dividend yields, but that doesn't matter if the payment isn't sustainable. The last dividend made up a very large portion of earnings and also represented 94% of free cash flows. This indicates that the company is more focused on returning cash to shareholders than growing the business, but it is still in a reasonable range to continue with.

Looking forward, could fall by 4.1% if the company can't turn things around from the last few years. Assuming the dividend continues along recent trends, we think the payout ratio could reach 80%, which is definitely on the higher side.

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TSX:RSI Historic Dividend May 17th 2022

Rogers Sugar Has A Solid Track Record

The company has a sustained record of paying dividends with very little fluctuation. Since 2012, the first annual payment was CA$0.34, compared to the most recent full-year payment of CA$0.36. Dividend payments have grown at less than 1% a year over this period. While the consistency in the dividend payments is impressive, we think the relatively slow rate of growth is less attractive.

Rogers Sugar May Find It Hard To Grow The Dividend

Investors who have held shares in the company for the past few years will be happy with the dividend income they have received. However, initial appearances might be deceiving. Rogers Sugar has seen earnings per share falling at 4.1% per year over the last five years. Declining earnings will inevitably lead to the company paying a lower dividend in line with lower profits.

Our Thoughts On Rogers Sugar's Dividend

In summary, while it's good to see that the dividend hasn't been cut, we are a bit cautious about Rogers Sugar's payments, as there could be some issues with sustaining them into the future. In the past the payments have been stable, but we think the company is paying out too much for this to continue for the long term. This company is not in the top tier of income providing stocks.

Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. Meanwhile, despite the importance of dividend payments, they are not the only factors our readers should know when assessing a company. Case in point: We've spotted 3 warning signs for Rogers Sugar (of which 1 is concerning!) you should know about. If you are a dividend investor, you might also want to look at our curated list of high yield dividend stocks.

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