VZ Holding AG (VTX:VZN) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 3 days. The ex-dividend date occurs one day before the record date which is the day on which shareholders need to be on the company's books in order 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. In other words, investors can purchase VZ Holding's shares before the 14th of April in order to be eligible for the dividend, which will be paid on the 20th of April.
The company's next dividend payment will be CHF1.57 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed CHF1.57 to shareholders. Calculating the last year's worth of payments shows that VZ Holding has a trailing yield of 1.8% on the current share price of CHF84.9. 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! So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.
Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned in profit, then the dividend could be unsustainable. Fortunately VZ Holding's payout ratio is modest, at just 43% of profit.
Companies that pay out less in dividends than they earn in profits generally have more sustainable dividends. The lower the payout ratio, the more wiggle room the business has before it could be forced to cut the dividend.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Companies with consistently growing earnings per share generally make the best dividend stocks, as they usually find it easier to grow dividends per share. If earnings fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. For this reason, we're glad to see VZ Holding's earnings per share have risen 11% per annum over the last five years.
Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. Since the start of our data, 10 years ago, VZ Holding has lifted its dividend by approximately 13% a year on average. Both per-share earnings and dividends have both been growing rapidly in recent times, which is great to see.
Should investors buy VZ Holding for the upcoming dividend? When companies are growing rapidly and retaining a majority of the profits within the business, it's usually a sign that reinvesting earnings creates more value than paying dividends to shareholders. This strategy can add significant value to shareholders over the long term - as long as it's done without issuing too many new shares. Overall, VZ Holding looks like a promising dividend stock in this analysis, and we think it would be worth investigating further.
Curious about whether VZ Holding has been able to consistently generate growth? Here's a chart of its historical revenue and earnings growth.
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