Interested In Apator's (WSE:APT) Upcoming zł0.75 Dividend? You Have Three Days Left

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 01, 2021
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Apator S.A. (WSE:APT) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in three days. The ex-dividend date is usually set to be one business day before the record date which is the cut-off date on which you must be present on the company's books as a shareholder in order to receive the dividend. The ex-dividend date is of consequence because whenever a stock is bought or sold, the trade takes at least two business day to settle. Meaning, you will need to purchase Apator's shares before the 6th of August to receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 23rd of August.

The company's upcoming dividend is zł0.75 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of zł1.20 per share to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Apator stock has a trailing yield of around 4.9% on the current share price of PLN24.3. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. That's why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.

View our latest analysis for Apator

Dividends are usually paid out of company profits, so if a company pays out more than it earned then its dividend is usually at greater risk of being cut. Apator paid out a comfortable 42% 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. It paid out an unsustainably high 274% of its free cash flow as dividends over the past 12 months, which is worrying. Our definition of free cash flow excludes cash generated from asset sales, so since Apator is paying out such a high percentage of its cash flow, it might be worth seeing if it sold assets or had similar events that might have led to such a high dividend payment.

While Apator's dividends were covered by the company's reported profits, cash is somewhat more important, so it's not great to see that the company didn't generate enough cash to pay its dividend. Were this to happen repeatedly, this would be a risk to Apator's ability to maintain its dividend.

Click here to see how much of its profit Apator paid out over the last 12 months.

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WSE:APT Historic Dividend August 2nd 2021

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Companies with consistently growing earnings per share generally make the best dividend stocks, as they usually find it easier to grow dividends per share. If earnings decline and the company is forced to cut its dividend, investors could watch the value of their investment go up in smoke. With that in mind, we're encouraged by the steady growth at Apator, with earnings per share up 7.1% on average over the last five years. Earnings have been growing at a steady rate, but we're concerned dividend payments consumed most of the company's cash flow over the past year.

The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. In the last 10 years, Apator has lifted its dividend by approximately 7.2% a year on average. We're glad to see dividends rising alongside earnings over a number of years, which may be a sign the company intends to share the growth with shareholders.

Final Takeaway

Is Apator an attractive dividend stock, or better left on the shelf? Apator delivered reasonable earnings per share growth in recent times, and paid out less than half its profits and 274% of its cash flow over the last year, which is a mediocre outcome. All things considered, we are not particularly enthused about Apator from a dividend perspective.

With that being said, if dividends aren't your biggest concern with Apator, you should know about the other risks facing this business. To help with this, we've discovered 2 warning signs for Apator that you should be aware of before investing in their shares.

If you're in the market for dividend stocks, we recommend checking our list of top dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

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