AF Gruppen (OB:AFG) Has Affirmed Its Dividend Of kr6.50

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May 13, 2022
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The board of AF Gruppen ASA (OB:AFG) has announced that it will pay a dividend of kr6.50 per share on the 25th of May. Based on this payment, the dividend yield on the company's stock will be 6.0%, which is an attractive boost to shareholder returns.

Check out our latest analysis for AF Gruppen

AF Gruppen Doesn't Earn Enough To Cover Its Payments

A big dividend yield for a few years doesn't mean much if it can't be sustained. Before making this announcement, the company's dividend was higher than its profits, and made up 93% of cash flows. The company could be more focused on returning cash to shareholders, but this could indicate that growth opportunities are few and far between.

The next 12 months is set to see EPS grow by 6.2%. However, if the dividend continues growing along recent trends, it could start putting pressure on the balance sheet with the payout ratio reaching 114% over the next year.

OB:AFG Historic Dividend May 13th 2022

Dividend Volatility

Although the company has a long dividend history, it has been cut at least once in the last 10 years. The first annual payment during the last 10 years was kr4.50 in 2012, and the most recent fiscal year payment was kr10.50. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 8.8% over that duration. It's good to see the dividend growing at a decent rate, but the dividend has been cut at least once in the past. AF Gruppen might have put its house in order since then, but we remain cautious.

AF Gruppen May Have Challenges Growing The Dividend

With a relatively unstable dividend, it's even more important to see if earnings per share is growing. We are encouraged to see that AF Gruppen has grown earnings per share at 5.1% per year over the past five years. However, the payout ratio is very high, not leaving much room for growth of the dividend in the future.

AF Gruppen's Dividend Doesn't Look Sustainable

Overall, it's nice to see a consistent dividend payment, but we think that longer term, the current level of payment might be unsustainable. The track record isn't great, and the payments are a bit high to be considered sustainable. We would be a touch cautious of relying on this stock primarily for the dividend income.

Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. However, there are other things to consider for investors when analysing stock performance. For example, we've identified 2 warning signs for AF Gruppen (1 is significant!) that you should be aware of before investing. Is AF Gruppen not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.

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