Is It Smart To Buy Sterling Tools Limited (NSE:STERTOOLS) Before It Goes Ex-Dividend?

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 08, 2021
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Sterling Tools Limited (NSE:STERTOOLS) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 3 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. In other words, investors can purchase Sterling Tools' shares before the 13th of September in order to be eligible for the dividend, which will be paid on the 21st of October.

The company's next dividend payment will be ₹1.00 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of ₹1.00 to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Sterling Tools has a trailing yield of 0.5% on the current stock price of ₹200.3. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether Sterling Tools's dividend is reliable and sustainable. So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.

Check out our latest analysis for Sterling Tools

If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. Sterling Tools has a low and conservative payout ratio of just 10% of its income after tax. Sterling Tools paid a dividend despite reporting negative free cash flow last year. That's typically a bad combination and - if this were more than a one-off - not sustainable.

Click here to see how much of its profit Sterling Tools paid out over the last 12 months.

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NSEI:STERTOOLS Historic Dividend September 9th 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 business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. With that in mind, we're encouraged by the steady growth at Sterling Tools, with earnings per share up 4.0% on average over the last five years.

Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. Sterling Tools's dividend payments are broadly unchanged compared to where they were 10 years ago.

The Bottom Line

Should investors buy Sterling Tools for the upcoming dividend? It has been growing its earnings per share somewhat in recent years, although it reinvests more than half its earnings in the business, which could suggest there are some growth projects that have not yet reached fruition. Sterling Tools ticks a lot of boxes for us from a dividend perspective, and we think these characteristics should mark the company as deserving of further attention.

With that in mind, a critical part of thorough stock research is being aware of any risks that stock currently faces. For instance, we've identified 3 warning signs for Sterling Tools (1 shouldn't be ignored) you should be aware of.

If you're in the market for dividend stocks, we recommend checking our list of top dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

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