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Clas Ohlson (STO:CLAS B) Is Paying Out A Larger Dividend Than Last Year

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The board of Clas Ohlson AB (publ) (STO:CLAS B) has announced that it will be paying its dividend of SEK6.50 on the 20th of January, an increased payment from last year's comparable dividend. This makes the dividend yield 8.5%, which is above the industry average.

Our analysis indicates that CLAS B is potentially undervalued!

Clas Ohlson Doesn't Earn Enough To Cover Its Payments

While it is great to have a strong dividend yield, we should also consider whether the payment is sustainable. Before making this announcement, the company's dividend was much higher than its earnings. Without profits and cash flows increasing, it would be difficult for the company to continue paying the dividend at this level.

Over the next year, EPS is forecast to expand by 15.8%. If the dividend continues on its recent course, the payout ratio in 12 months could be 183%, which is a bit high and could start applying pressure to the balance sheet.

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OM:CLAS B Historic Dividend November 26th 2022

Dividend Volatility

While the company has been paying a dividend for a long time, it has cut the dividend at least once in the last 10 years. Since 2012, the dividend has gone from SEK4.25 total annually to SEK6.75. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 4.7% a year over that time. It's encouraging to see some dividend growth, but the dividend has been cut at least once, and the size of the cut would eliminate most of the growth anyway, which makes this less attractive as an income investment.

Clas Ohlson May Find It Hard To Grow 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 not great to see that Clas Ohlson's earnings per share has fallen at approximately 4.6% per year over the past five years. If the company is making less over time, it naturally follows that it will also have to pay out less in dividends. However, the next year is actually looking up, with earnings set to rise. We would just wait until it becomes a pattern before getting too excited.

Clas Ohlson's Dividend Doesn't Look Great

In conclusion, we have some concerns about this dividend, even though it being raised is good. The company seems to be stretching itself a bit to make such big payments, but it doesn't appear they can be consistent over time. We don't think that this is a great candidate to be an income stock.

Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. Meanwhile, despite the importance of dividend payments, they are not the only factors our readers should know when assessing a company. Taking the debate a bit further, we've identified 1 warning sign for Clas Ohlson that investors need to be conscious of moving forward. Is Clas Ohlson not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.

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