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Enagás' (BME:ENG) Upcoming Dividend Will Be Larger Than Last Year's

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Enagás, S.A. (BME:ENG) has announced that it will be increasing its dividend from last year's comparable payment on the 6th of July to €0.8672. This takes the dividend yield to 10.0%, which shareholders will be pleased with.

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Enagás Doesn't Earn Enough To Cover Its Payments

If the payments aren't sustainable, a high yield for a few years won't matter that much. Before making this announcement, Enagás' dividend was higher than its profits, but the free cash flows quite comfortably covered it. Healthy cash flows are always a positive sign, especially when they quite easily cover the dividend.

Over the next year, EPS is forecast to fall by 40.1%. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio could reach 173%, which could put the dividend in jeopardy if the company's earnings don't improve.

BME:ENG Historic Dividend March 17th 2023

Enagás Has A Solid Track Record

Even over a long history of paying dividends, the company's distributions have been remarkably stable. The annual payment during the last 10 years was €1.12 in 2013, and the most recent fiscal year payment was €1.72. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 4.4% per annum over that time. Although we can't deny that the dividend has been remarkably stable in the past, the growth has been pretty muted.

Dividend Growth Is Doubtful

The company's investors will be pleased to have been receiving dividend income for some time. Unfortunately things aren't as good as they seem. In the last five years, Enagás' earnings per share has shrunk at approximately 6.9% per annum. If the company is making less over time, it naturally follows that it will also have to pay out less in dividends.

In Summary

Overall, this is probably not a great income stock, even though the dividend is being raised at the moment. The company is generating plenty of cash, but we still think the dividend is a bit high for comfort. We would probably look elsewhere for an income investment.

It's important to note that companies having a consistent dividend policy will generate greater investor confidence than those having an erratic one. Still, investors need to consider a host of other factors, apart from dividend payments, when analysing a company. To that end, Enagás has 3 warning signs (and 2 which are a bit concerning) we think you should know about. Is Enagás not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.

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