Eolus Vind (STO:EOLU B) Is Paying Out Less In Dividends Than Last Year

Simply Wall St
April 28, 2022
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Eolus Vind AB (publ)'s (STO:EOLU B) dividend is being reduced to kr1.50 on the 27th of May. This payment takes the dividend yield to 1.4%, which only provides a modest boost to overall returns.

Check out our latest analysis for Eolus Vind

Eolus Vind's Distributions May Be Difficult To Sustain

It would be nice for the yield to be higher, but we should also check if higher levels of dividend payment would be sustainable. Even in the absence of profits, Eolus Vind is paying a dividend. The company is also yet to generate cash flow, so the dividend sustainability is definitely questionable.

Looking forward, earnings per share could rise by 19.1% over the next year if the trend from the last few years continues. The company seems to be going down the right path, but it will probably take a little bit longer than a year to cross over into profitability. Unfortunately, for the dividend to continue at current levels the company definitely needs to get there sooner rather than later.

OM:EOLU B Historic Dividend April 28th 2022

Dividend Volatility

The company's dividend history has been marked by instability, with at least 1 cut in the last 10 years. Since 2012, the dividend has gone from kr1.00 to kr1.50. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 4.1% a year over that time. Modest growth in the dividend is good to see, but we think this is offset by historical cuts to the payments. It is hard to live on a dividend income if the company's earnings are not consistent.

The Company Could Face Some Challenges Growing The Dividend

Growing earnings per share could be a mitigating factor when considering the past fluctuations in the dividend. It's encouraging to see Eolus Vind has been growing its earnings per share at 19% a year over the past five years. Even though the company isn't making a profit, strong earnings growth could turn that around in the near future. All is not lost, but the future of the dividend definitely rests upon the company's ability to become profitable soon.

Eolus Vind's Dividend Doesn't Look Sustainable

In summary, dividends being cut isn't ideal, however it can bring the payment into a more sustainable range. In general, the distributions are a little bit higher than we would like, but we can't ignore the fact the quickly growing earnings gives this stock great potential in the future. We don't think Eolus Vind 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. However, there are other things to consider for investors when analysing stock performance. Just as an example, we've come across 2 warning signs for Eolus Vind you should be aware of, and 1 of them shouldn't be ignored. Is Eolus Vind not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.

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