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Should You Buy Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited (NSE:HUDCO) For Its Upcoming Dividend?
Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited (NSE:HUDCO) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 3 days. Typically, the ex-dividend date is one business day before the record date which is the date on which a company determines the shareholders eligible 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. Meaning, you will need to purchase Housing and Urban Development's shares before the 21st of March to receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 13th of April.
The company's next dividend payment will be ₹0.75 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of ₹3.50 to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Housing and Urban Development stock has a trailing yield of around 7.8% on the current share price of ₹44.85. 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! We need to see whether the dividend is covered by earnings and if it's growing.
Check out our latest analysis for Housing and Urban Development
Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned in profit, then the dividend could be unsustainable. Housing and Urban Development paid out a comfortable 30% 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 Housing and Urban Development paid out over the last 12 months.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Companies with consistently growing earnings per share generally make the best dividend stocks, as they usually find it easier to grow dividends per share. If earnings decline and the company is forced to cut its dividend, investors could watch the value of their investment go up in smoke. Fortunately for readers, Housing and Urban Development's earnings per share have been growing at 17% 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. In the last six years, Housing and Urban Development has lifted its dividend by approximately 103% a year on average. It's great to see earnings per share growing rapidly over several years, and dividends per share growing right along with it.
To Sum It Up
Is Housing and Urban Development an attractive dividend stock, or better left on the shelf? Typically, companies that are growing rapidly and paying out a low fraction of earnings are keeping the profits for reinvestment in the business. This strategy can add significant value to shareholders over the long term - as long as it's done without issuing too many new shares. Housing and Urban Development 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. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for Housing and Urban Development (of which 1 makes us a bit uncomfortable!) you should know about.
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Housing and Urban Development
Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited provides housing and infrastructure development in India.
Proven track record average dividend payer.