Interested In Sylogist Ltd. (CVE:SYZ)’s Upcoming 1.0% Dividend? You Have 4 Days Left

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 22, 2019
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It looks like Sylogist Ltd. (CVE:SYZ) is about to go ex-dividend in the next 4 days. Investors can purchase shares before the 28th of November in order to be eligible for this dividend, which will be paid on the 11th of December.

Sylogist's next dividend payment will be CA$0.10 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of CA$0.40 to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Sylogist stock has a trailing yield of around 4.0% on the current share price of CA$10.05. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.

Check out our latest analysis for Sylogist

If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. Sylogist paid out more than half (67%) 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. Over the last year it paid out 63% of its free cash flow as dividends, within the usual range for most companies.

It's positive to see that Sylogist'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 the company's payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.

TSXV:SYZ Historical Dividend Yield, November 23rd 2019
TSXV:SYZ Historical Dividend Yield, November 23rd 2019

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. For this reason, we're glad to see Sylogist's earnings per share have risen 20% per annum over the last five years. Sylogist is paying out a bit over half its earnings, which suggests the company is striking a balance between reinvesting in growth, and paying dividends. This is a reasonable combination that could hint at some further dividend increases in the future.

We'd also point out that Sylogist issued a meaningful number of new shares in the past year. Trying to grow the dividend while issuing large amounts of new shares reminds us of the ancient Greek tale of Sisyphus - perpetually pushing a boulder uphill.

The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. In the last ten years, Sylogist has lifted its dividend by approximately 21% a year on average. Both per-share earnings and dividends have both been growing rapidly in recent times, which is great to see.

The Bottom Line

Should investors buy Sylogist for the upcoming dividend? It's good to see earnings are growing, since all of the best dividend stocks grow their earnings meaningfully over the long run. However, we'd also note that Sylogist is paying out more than half of its earnings and cash flow as profits, which could limit the dividend growth if earnings growth slows. All things considered, we are not particularly enthused about Sylogist from a dividend perspective.

Wondering what the future holds for Sylogist? See what the two analysts we track are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow

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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