Meitav DASH Investments (TLV:MTDS) Could Be A Buy For Its Upcoming Dividend

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 21, 2021
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Meitav DASH Investments Ltd (TLV:MTDS) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next three days. The ex-dividend date occurs one day before the record date which is the day on which shareholders need to be on the company's books in order to receive a dividend. The ex-dividend date is important as the process of settlement involves two full business days. So if you miss that date, you would not show up on the company's books on the record date. This means that investors who purchase Meitav DASH Investments' shares on or after the 26th of August will not receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 9th of September.

The company's next dividend payment will be ₪0.23 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of ₪0.92 to shareholders. Last year's total dividend payments show that Meitav DASH Investments has a trailing yield of 3.3% on the current share price of ₪18.19. 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! So we need to investigate whether Meitav DASH Investments can afford its dividend, and if the dividend could grow.

See our latest analysis for Meitav DASH Investments

Dividends are usually paid out of company profits, so if a company pays out more than it earned then its dividend is usually at greater risk of being cut. Meitav DASH Investments paid out a comfortable 36% of its profit last year.

Companies that pay out less in dividends than they earn in profits generally have more sustainable dividends. The lower the payout ratio, the more wiggle room the business has before it could be forced to cut the dividend.

Click here to see how much of its profit Meitav DASH Investments paid out over the last 12 months.

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TASE:MTDS Historic Dividend August 22nd 2021

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Stocks in companies that generate sustainable earnings growth often make the best dividend prospects, as it is easier to lift the dividend when earnings are rising. If earnings fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. Fortunately for readers, Meitav DASH Investments's earnings per share have been growing at 13% a year for the past five years.

The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Meitav DASH Investments's dividend payments per share have declined at 8.8% per year on average over the past 10 years, which is uninspiring. It's unusual to see earnings per share increasing at the same time as dividends per share have been in decline. We'd hope it's because the company is reinvesting heavily in its business, but it could also suggest business is lumpy.

The Bottom Line

From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid Meitav DASH Investments? When companies are growing rapidly and retaining a majority of the profits within the business, it's usually a sign that reinvesting earnings creates more value than paying dividends to shareholders. This is one of the most attractive investment combinations under this analysis, as it can create substantial value for investors over the long run. In summary, Meitav DASH Investments appears to have some promise as a dividend stock, and we'd suggest taking a closer look at it.

On that note, you'll want to research what risks Meitav DASH Investments is facing. To help with this, we've discovered 3 warning signs for Meitav DASH Investments (1 is a bit unpleasant!) that you ought to be aware of before buying the shares.

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