- United Kingdom
- Specialty Stores
DFS Furniture (LON:DFS) Will Pay A Smaller Dividend Than Last Year
DFS Furniture plc (LON:DFS) is reducing its dividend from last year's comparable payment to £0.015 on the 25th of May. This means that the dividend yield is 2.3%, which is a bit low when comparing to other companies in the industry.
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DFS Furniture's Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings
It would be nice for the yield to be higher, but we should also check if higher levels of dividend payment would be sustainable. The last dividend was quite easily covered by DFS Furniture's earnings. This means that a large portion of its earnings are being retained to grow the business.
The next year is set to see EPS grow by 108.7%. If the dividend continues on this path, the payout ratio could be 17% by next year, which we think can be pretty sustainable going forward.
DFS Furniture's Dividend Has Lacked Consistency
It's comforting to see that DFS Furniture has been paying a dividend for a number of years now, however it has been cut at least once in that time. Due to this, we are a little bit cautious about the dividend consistency over a full economic cycle. The dividend has gone from an annual total of £0.062 in 2015 to the most recent total annual payment of £0.03. The dividend has shrunk at around 8.7% a year during that period. Generally, we don't like to see a dividend that has been declining over time as this can degrade shareholders' returns and indicate that the company may be running into problems.
The Dividend's Growth Prospects Are Limited
With a relatively unstable dividend, and a poor history of shrinking dividends, it's even more important to see if EPS is growing. Over the past five years, it looks as though DFS Furniture's EPS has declined at around 2.0% a year. Declining earnings will inevitably lead to the company paying a lower dividend in line with lower profits. However, the next year is actually looking up, with earnings set to rise. We would just wait until it becomes a pattern before getting too excited.
Overall, the dividend looks like it may have been a bit high, which explains why it has now been cut. In the past, the payments have been unstable, but over the short term the dividend could be reliable, with the company generating enough cash to cover it. Overall, we don't think this company has the makings of a good income stock.
Investors generally tend to favour companies with a consistent, stable dividend policy as opposed to those operating an irregular one. At the same time, there are other factors our readers should be conscious of before pouring capital into a stock. For example, we've identified 3 warning signs for DFS Furniture (1 makes us a bit uncomfortable!) that you should be aware of before investing. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.
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DFS Furniture plc designs, manufactures, sells, delivers, installs, and retails upholstered furniture in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Undervalued with moderate growth potential.