Here’s What We Like About Capgemini SE (EPA:CAP)’s Upcoming Dividend

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Capgemini SE (EPA:CAP) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in the near future. Investors can purchase shares before the 5th of June in order to be eligible for this dividend, which will be paid on the 7th of June.

Capgemini’s next dividend payment will be €1.70 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of €1.70 per share. Calculating the last year’s worth of payments shows that Capgemini has a trailing yield of 1.7% on the current share price of €100.1. 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! As a result, readers should always check whether Capgemini has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.

View our latest analysis for Capgemini

Dividends are typically paid out of profits, so if a company pays out more than it earned then its dividend is usually at a higher risk of being cut. Fortunately Capgemini’s payout ratio is modest, at just 39% of profit. Yet cash flow is typically more important than profit for assessing dividend sustainability, so we should always check if the company generated enough cash to afford its dividend. The good news is it paid out just 24% 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.

Click this link to see the company’s income payout ratio, plus what analysts are forecasting for its future payout ratio.

ENXTPA:CAP Historical Dividend Yield, June 3rd 2019
ENXTPA:CAP Historical Dividend Yield, June 3rd 2019

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. Investors love dividends, so if earnings fall and the dividend is reduced, expect a stock to be sold off heavily at the same time. This is why it’s a relief to see Capgemini earnings per share are up 9.3% per annum over the last five years.

The company is retaining more than half of its earnings within the business, and it has been growing earnings at a decent rate. We think this is generally an attractive combination, as dividends can grow through a combination of earnings growth and or a higher payout ratio over time.

Another key way to measure a company’s dividend prospects is by measuring its historical rate of dividend growth. In the last 9 years, Capgemini has lifted its dividend by approximately 8.7% a year on average. We’re glad to see dividends rising alongside earnings over a number of years, which may be a sign the company intends to share the growth with shareholders.

The Bottom Line

Should investors buy Capgemini for the upcoming dividend? Earnings per share growth has been growing somewhat, and Capgemini is paying out less than half its earnings and cash flow as dividends. This is interesting for a few reasons, as it suggests management may be reinvesting heavily in the business, but it also provides room to increase the dividend in time. It might be nice to see earnings growing faster, but Capgemini is being conservative with its dividend payouts and could still perform reasonably over the long run. Capgemini looks solid on this analysis overall, and we’d definitely consider investigating it more closely.

Ever wonder what professionals think the future holds for Capgemini? See what the 16 analysts we track are forecasting , with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow

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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