Why You Might Be Interested In TVS Motor Company Limited (NSE:TVSMOTOR) For Its Upcoming Dividend

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 21, 2022
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Regular readers will know that we love our dividends at Simply Wall St, which is why it's exciting to see TVS Motor Company Limited (NSE:TVSMOTOR) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next three days. The ex-dividend date is usually set to be one business day before the record date which is the cut-off date on which you must be present on the company's books as a shareholder in order to receive the dividend. The ex-dividend date is of consequence because whenever a stock is bought or sold, the trade takes at least two business day to settle. Accordingly, TVS Motor investors that purchase the stock on or after the 25th of March will not receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 17th of April.

The upcoming dividend for TVS Motor is ₹3.75 per share, increased from last year's total dividends per share of ₹3.50. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. So we need to investigate whether TVS Motor can afford its dividend, and if the dividend could grow.

Check out our latest analysis for TVS Motor

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. TVS Motor has a low and conservative payout ratio of just 8.4% of its income after tax. Yet cash flow is typically more important than profit for assessing dividend sustainability, so we should always check if the company generated enough cash to afford its dividend. TVS Motor paid a dividend despite reporting negative free cash flow over the last twelve months. This may be due to heavy investment in the business, but this is still suboptimal from a dividend sustainability perspective.

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

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NSEI:TVSMOTOR Historic Dividend March 21st 2022

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. For this reason, we're glad to see TVS Motor's earnings per share have risen 13% per annum over the last five years.

The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Since the start of our data, 10 years ago, TVS Motor has lifted its dividend by approximately 12% a year on average. It's exciting to see that both earnings and dividends per share have grown rapidly over the past few years.

To Sum It Up

Has TVS Motor got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? We like that TVS Motor has been successfully growing its earnings per share at a nice rate and reinvesting most of its profits in the business. However, we note the high cashflow payout ratio with some concern. While it does have some good things going for it, we're a bit ambivalent and it would take more to convince us of TVS Motor's dividend merits.

While it's tempting to invest in TVS Motor for the dividends alone, you should always be mindful of the risks involved. To help with this, we've discovered 2 warning signs for TVS Motor (1 is a bit unpleasant!) that you ought to be aware of before buying the shares.

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