Should You Buy Arad Investment & Industrial Development Ltd. (TLV:ARAD) For Its Upcoming Dividend?

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 30, 2021
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It looks like Arad Investment & Industrial Development Ltd. (TLV:ARAD) is about to go ex-dividend in the next three days. The ex-dividend date is one business day before the record date, which is the cut-off date for shareholders to be present on the company's books to be eligible for a dividend payment. The ex-dividend date is important because any transaction on a stock needs to have been settled before the record date in order to be eligible for a dividend. Therefore, if you purchase Arad Investment & Industrial Development's shares on or after the 5th of December, you won't be eligible to receive the dividend, when it is paid on the 13th of December.

The upcoming dividend for Arad Investment & Industrial Development is ₪5.00 per share, increased from last year's total dividends per share of ₪3.00. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether Arad Investment & Industrial Development's dividend is reliable and sustainable. That's why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.

Check out our latest analysis for Arad Investment & Industrial Development

If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. Arad Investment & Industrial Development has a low and conservative payout ratio of just 9.3% of its income after tax. Yet cash flows are even more important than profits for assessing a dividend, so we need to see if the company generated enough cash to pay its distribution. What's good is that dividends were well covered by free cash flow, with the company paying out 3.5% of its cash flow 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 here to see how much of its profit Arad Investment & Industrial Development paid out over the last 12 months.

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TASE:ARAD Historic Dividend December 1st 2021

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Businesses with strong growth prospects usually make the best dividend payers, because it's easier to grow dividends when earnings per share are improving. If business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. This is why it's a relief to see Arad Investment & Industrial Development earnings per share are up 2.5% per annum over the last five years. Growth has been anaemic. Yet with more than 75% of its earnings being kept in the business, there is ample room to reinvest in growth or lift the payout ratio - either of which could increase the dividend.

Another key way to measure a company's dividend prospects is by measuring its historical rate of dividend growth. Arad Investment & Industrial Development has delivered 6.6% dividend growth per year on average over the past eight years. 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.

Final Takeaway

From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid Arad Investment & Industrial Development? Earnings per share have been growing moderately, and Arad Investment & Industrial Development is paying out less than half its earnings and cash flow as dividends, which is an attractive combination as it suggests the company is investing in growth. It might be nice to see earnings growing faster, but Arad Investment & Industrial Development is being conservative with its dividend payouts and could still perform reasonably over the long run. It's a promising combination that should mark this company worthy of closer attention.

With that in mind, a critical part of thorough stock research is being aware of any risks that stock currently faces. Our analysis shows 3 warning signs for Arad Investment & Industrial Development that we strongly recommend you have a look at before investing in the company.

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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