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

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 12, 2022
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Eolus Vind AB (publ) (STO:EOLU B) is reducing its dividend to kr1.50 on the 27th of May. This means that the annual payment is 1.4% of the current stock price, which is lower than what the rest of the industry is paying.

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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. It is also not generating any free cash flow, we definitely have concerns when it comes to the sustainability of the dividend.

If the trend of the last few years continues, EPS will grow by 19.1% over the next 12 months. While it is good to see income moving in the right direction, it still looks like the company won't achieve profitability. Unless this happens fairly soon, the dividend could start to come under pressure.

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OM:EOLU B Historic Dividend May 12th 2022

Dividend Volatility

The company has a long dividend track record, but it doesn't look great with cuts in the past. The first annual payment during the last 10 years was kr1.00 in 2012, and the most recent fiscal year payment was kr1.50. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 4.1% over that duration. 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

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. 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. Assuming the company can post positive net income numbers soon, it could has the potential to be a decent dividend payer.

The Dividend Could Prove To Be Unreliable

Overall, it's not great to see that the dividend has been cut, but this might be explained by the payments being a bit high previously. While we generally think the level of distributions are a bit high, we wouldn't rule it out as becoming a good dividend payer in the future as its earnings are growing healthily. This company is not in the top tier of income providing stocks.

Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. At the same time, there are other factors our readers should be conscious of before pouring capital into a stock. For instance, we've picked out 1 warning sign for Eolus Vind that investors should take into consideration. 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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