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Rallis India Limited (NSE:RALLIS) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 2 days. You will need to purchase shares before the 19th of June to receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 28th of July.
Rallis India’s next dividend payment will be ₹2.50 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed ₹2.50 to shareholders. Calculating the last year’s worth of payments shows that Rallis India has a trailing yield of 1.7% on the current share price of ₹148.6. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether Rallis India’s dividend is reliable and sustainable. So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.
If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable – hardly an ideal situation. That’s why it’s good to see Rallis India paying out a modest 31% of its earnings. Yet cash flows are even more important than profits for assessing a dividend, so we need to see if the company generated enough cash to pay its distribution. Over the past year it paid out 175% of its free cash flow as dividends, which is uncomfortably high. We’re curious about why the company paid out more cash than it generated last year, since this can be one of the early signs that a dividend may be unsustainable.
Rallis India 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 Rallis India to repeatedly pay dividends that aren’t well covered by cashflow, we would consider this a warning sign.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Companies that aren’t growing their earnings can still be valuable, but it is even more important to assess the sustainability of the dividend if it looks like the company will struggle to grow. If earnings decline and the company is forced to cut its dividend, investors could watch the value of their investment go up in smoke. It’s not encouraging to see that Rallis India’s earnings are effectively flat over the past five years. It’s better than seeing them drop, certainly, but over the long term, all of the best dividend stocks are able to meaningfully grow their earnings per share.
Many investors will assess a company’s dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. In the past 10 years, Rallis India has increased its dividend at approximately 8.9% a year on average.
To Sum It Up
Is Rallis India worth buying for its dividend? Earnings per share have barely grown in this time, and although Rallis India is paying out a low percentage of its profit, its dividend was not well covered by free cash flow. Only rarely do we find companies paying out a low percentage of their profits yet a high percentage of their cash flow, so we’d mark this as a concern. In summary, it’s hard to get excited about Rallis India from a dividend perspective.
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