Just Three Days Till Bermaz Auto Berhad (KLSE:BAUTO) Will Be Trading Ex-Dividend

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 10, 2022
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Bermaz Auto Berhad (KLSE:BAUTO) 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 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. Accordingly, Bermaz Auto Berhad investors that purchase the stock on or after the 14th of April will not receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 5th of May.

The company's next dividend payment will be RM0.022 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of RM0.06 to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Bermaz Auto Berhad stock has a trailing yield of around 3.4% on the current share price of MYR1.76. 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! So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.

View our latest analysis for Bermaz Auto Berhad

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. Bermaz Auto Berhad paid out a comfortable 46% of its profit last year. That said, even highly profitable companies sometimes might not generate enough cash to pay the dividend, which is why we should always check if the dividend is covered by cash flow. Fortunately, it paid out only 48% of its free cash flow in the past year.

It's positive to see that Bermaz Auto Berhad's dividend is covered by both profits and cash flow, since this is generally a sign that the dividend is sustainable, and a lower payout ratio usually suggests a greater margin of safety before the dividend gets cut.

Click here to see the company's payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.

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KLSE:BAUTO Historic Dividend April 10th 2022

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Businesses with shrinking earnings are tricky from a dividend perspective. If earnings fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. Bermaz Auto Berhad's earnings per share have fallen at approximately 6.5% a year over the previous five years. When earnings per share fall, the maximum amount of dividends that can be paid also falls.

Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. Since the start of our data, eight years ago, Bermaz Auto Berhad has lifted its dividend by approximately 12% a year on average.

Final Takeaway

Has Bermaz Auto Berhad got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? Earnings per share are down meaningfully, although at least the company is paying out a low and conservative percentage of both its earnings and cash flow. It's definitely not great to see earnings falling, but at least there may be some buffer before the dividend needs to be cut. It might be worth researching if the company is reinvesting in growth projects that could grow earnings and dividends in the future, but for now we're not all that optimistic on its dividend prospects.

While it's tempting to invest in Bermaz Auto Berhad for the dividends alone, you should always be mindful of the risks involved. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 1 warning sign for Bermaz Auto Berhad you should know about.

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