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PayPoint (LON:PAY) Will Pay A Larger Dividend Than Last Year At £0.092
The board of PayPoint plc (LON:PAY) has announced that it will be paying its dividend of £0.092 on the 6th of March, an increased payment from last year's comparable dividend. This will take the annual payment to 7.3% of the stock price, which is above what most companies in the industry pay.
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PayPoint's Payment Has Solid Earnings Coverage
A big dividend yield for a few years doesn't mean much if it can't be sustained. The last dividend was quite comfortably covered by PayPoint's earnings, but it was a bit tighter on the cash flow front. The business is earning enough to make the dividend feasible, but the cash payout ratio of 89% indicates it is more focused on returning cash to shareholders than growing the business.
Looking forward, earnings per share is forecast to rise by 26.0% over the next year. If the dividend continues on this path, the payout ratio could be 52% by next year, which we think can be pretty sustainable going forward.
The company has a long dividend track record, but it doesn't look great with cuts in the past. The annual payment during the last 10 years was £0.265 in 2013, and the most recent fiscal year payment was £0.368. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 3.3% a year over that time. It's encouraging to see some dividend growth, but the dividend has been cut at least once, and the size of the cut would eliminate most of the growth anyway, which makes this less attractive as an income investment.
Dividend Growth Is Doubtful
Given that the dividend has been cut in the past, we need to check if earnings are growing and if that might lead to stronger dividends in the future. In the last five years, PayPoint's earnings per share has shrunk at approximately 9.6% per annum. 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, this is probably not a great income stock, even though the dividend is being raised at the moment. While PayPoint is earning enough to cover the dividend, we are generally unimpressed with its future prospects. We would be a touch cautious of relying on this stock primarily for the dividend income.
It's important to note that companies having a consistent dividend policy will generate greater investor confidence than those having an erratic one. Meanwhile, despite the importance of dividend payments, they are not the only factors our readers should know when assessing a company. For example, we've picked out 2 warning signs for PayPoint that investors should know about before committing capital to this stock. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.
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PayPoint plc provides payments and banking, shopping, and e-commerce services and products in the United Kingdom.
Undervalued with solid track record and pays a dividend.