The board of PlayWay S.A. (WSE:PLW) has announced that it will be increasing its dividend by 51% on the 6th of July to zł19.22. This takes the dividend yield from 4.9% to 7.4%, which shareholders will be pleased with.
PlayWay Is Paying Out More Than It Is Earning
While it is great to have a strong dividend yield, we should also consider whether the payment is sustainable. The last dividend was quite easily covered by PlayWay's earnings. This indicates that a lot of the earnings are being reinvested into the business, with the aim of fueling growth.
Over the next year, EPS is forecast to expand by 3.9%. However, if the dividend continues growing along recent trends, it could start putting pressure on the balance sheet with the payout ratio reaching 147% over the next year.
PlayWay Is Still Building Its Track Record
The dividend has been pretty stable looking back, but the company hasn't been paying one for very long. This makes it tough to judge how it would fare through a full economic cycle. Since 2018, the first annual payment was zł2.38, compared to the most recent full-year payment of zł12.74. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 52% a year over that time. PlayWay has been growing its dividend quite rapidly, which is exciting. However, the short payment history makes us question whether this performance will persist across a full market cycle.
The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow
Investors could be attracted to the stock based on the quality of its payment history. It's encouraging to see PlayWay has been growing its earnings per share at 83% a year over the past five years. The company doesn't have any problems growing, despite returning a lot of capital to shareholders, which is a very nice combination for a dividend stock to have.
PlayWay Looks Like A Great Dividend Stock
Overall, we think this could be an attractive income stock, and it is only getting better by paying a higher dividend this year. Distributions are quite easily covered by earnings, which are also being converted to cash flows. Taking this all into consideration, this looks like it could be a good dividend opportunity.
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. Taking the debate a bit further, we've identified 3 warning signs for PlayWay that investors need to be conscious of moving forward. Is PlayWay not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.
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