Polyplex Corporation Limited (NSE:POLYPLEX) Is About To Go Ex-Dividend, And It Pays A 4.2% Yield

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Simply Wall St
Published
February 20, 2022
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It looks like Polyplex Corporation Limited (NSE:POLYPLEX) is about to go ex-dividend in the next 3 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 an important date to be aware of as any purchase of the stock made on or after this date might mean a late settlement that doesn't show on the record date. This means that investors who purchase Polyplex's shares on or after the 24th of February will not receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 16th of March.

The company's next dividend payment will be ₹35.00 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed ₹65.00 to shareholders. Calculating the last year's worth of payments shows that Polyplex has a trailing yield of 4.2% on the current share price of ₹1985.3. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. As a result, readers should always check whether Polyplex has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.

See our latest analysis for Polyplex

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. That's why it's good to see Polyplex paying out a modest 40% of its earnings. 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. Polyplex paid out more free cash flow than it generated - 169%, to be precise - last year, which we think is concerningly high. It's hard to consistently pay out more cash than you generate without either borrowing or using company cash, so we'd wonder how the company justifies this payout level.

Polyplex paid out less in dividends than it reported in profits, but unfortunately it didn't generate enough cash to cover the dividend. Cash is king, as they say, and were Polyplex to repeatedly pay dividends that aren't well covered by cashflow, we would consider this a warning sign.

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

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NSEI:POLYPLEX Historic Dividend February 20th 2022

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. Investors love dividends, so if earnings fall and the dividend is reduced, expect a stock to be sold off heavily at the same time. That's why it's comforting to see Polyplex's earnings have been skyrocketing, up 78% per annum for the past five years. Earnings have been growing quickly, but we're concerned dividend payments consumed most of the company's cash flow over the past year.

The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Polyplex has delivered 19% dividend growth per year on average over the past 10 years. It's great to see earnings per share growing rapidly over several years, and dividends per share growing right along with it.

Final Takeaway

From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid Polyplex? We like that Polyplex 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. In summary, it's hard to get excited about Polyplex from a dividend perspective.

While it's tempting to invest in Polyplex for the dividends alone, you should always be mindful of the risks involved. To help with this, we've discovered 1 warning sign for Polyplex that you should be aware of before investing in their shares.

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