Dabur India Limited (NSE:DABUR) Looks Like A Good Stock, And It's Going Ex-Dividend Soon

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Simply Wall St
Published
July 24, 2021
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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 Dabur India Limited (NSE:DABUR) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next three days. The ex-dividend date is one business day before a company's record date, which is the date on which the company determines which shareholders are entitled 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. Thus, you can purchase Dabur India's shares before the 29th of July in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 18th of September.

The company's upcoming dividend is ₹3.00 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of ₹6.00 per share to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Dabur India stock has a trailing yield of around 1.0% on the current share price of ₹590.15. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether Dabur India's dividend is reliable and sustainable. As a result, readers should always check whether Dabur India has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.

Check out our latest analysis for Dabur India

Dividends are typically paid out of company income, so if a company pays out more than it earned, its dividend is usually at a higher risk of being cut. That's why it's good to see Dabur India paying out a modest 50% of its earnings. A useful secondary check can be to evaluate whether Dabur India generated enough free cash flow to afford its dividend. Fortunately, it paid out only 33% of its free cash flow in the past 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 the company's payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.

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NSEI:DABUR Historic Dividend July 25th 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 Dabur India earnings per share are up 6.1% per annum over the last five years. Management have been reinvested more than half of the company's earnings within the business, and the company has been able to grow earnings with this retained capital. Organisations that reinvest heavily in themselves typically get stronger over time, which can bring attractive benefits such as stronger earnings and dividends.

Another key way to measure a company's dividend prospects is by measuring its historical rate of dividend growth. Dabur India has delivered 18% dividend growth per year on average over the past 10 years. It's encouraging to see the company lifting dividends while earnings are growing, suggesting at least some corporate interest in rewarding shareholders.

Final Takeaway

Has Dabur India got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? Earnings per share have been growing moderately, and Dabur India 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. We would prefer to see earnings growing faster, but the best dividend stocks over the long term typically combine significant earnings per share growth with a low payout ratio, and Dabur India is halfway there. Overall we think this is an attractive combination and worthy of further research.

With that in mind, a critical part of thorough stock research is being aware of any risks that stock currently faces. To help with this, we've discovered 1 warning sign for Dabur India that you should be aware of before investing in their shares.

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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