Aegon's (AMS:AGN) Upcoming Dividend Will Be Larger Than Last Year's

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 14, 2021
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Aegon N.V.'s (AMS:AGN) dividend will be increasing to €0.08 on 17th of September. This makes the dividend yield about the same as the industry average at 3.3%.

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Aegon's Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings

We like a dividend to be consistent over the long term, so checking whether it is sustainable is important. Based on the last payment, Aegon was earning enough to cover the dividend, but free cash flows weren't positive. In general, we consider cash flow to be more important than earnings, so we would be cautious about relying on the sustainability of this dividend.

Over the next year, EPS is forecast to fall by 2.0%. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio could be 21%, which we consider to be quite comfortable, with most of the company's earnings left over to grow the business in the future.

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ENXTAM:AGN Historic Dividend August 15th 2021

Aegon's Dividend Has Lacked Consistency

Even in its relatively short history, the company has reduced the dividend at least once. Due to this, we are a little bit cautious about the dividend consistency over a full economic cycle. The first annual payment during the last 9 years was €0.20 in 2012, and the most recent fiscal year payment was €0.16. This works out to be a decline of approximately 2.4% per year over that time. A company that decreases its dividend over time generally isn't what we are looking for.

The Dividend's Growth Prospects Are Limited

With a relatively unstable dividend, it's even more important to evaluate if earnings per share is growing, which could point to a growing dividend in the future. However, Aegon has only grown its earnings per share at 2.3% per annum over the past five years. While growth may be thin on the ground, Aegon could always pay out a higher proportion of earnings to increase shareholder returns.

In Summary

Overall, this is probably not a great income stock, even though the dividend is being raised at the moment. While Aegon is earning enough to cover the payments, the cash flows are lacking. We don't think Aegon is a great stock to add to your portfolio if income is your focus.

Market movements attest to how highly valued a consistent dividend policy is compared to one which is more unpredictable. Still, investors need to consider a host of other factors, apart from dividend payments, when analysing a company. For example, we've identified 3 warning signs for Aegon (2 are concerning!) that you should be aware of before investing. If you are a dividend investor, you might also want to look at our curated list of high performing dividend stock.

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