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Don't Buy Hurco Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:HURC) For Its Next Dividend Without Doing These Checks
Regular readers will know that we love our dividends at Simply Wall St, which is why it's exciting to see Hurco Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:HURC) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 4 days. The ex-dividend date occurs one day before the record date which is the day on which shareholders need to be on the company's books in order to receive a dividend. The ex-dividend date is an important date to be aware of as any purchase of the stock made on or after this date might mean a late settlement that doesn't show on the record date. Therefore, if you purchase Hurco Companies' shares on or after the 24th of March, you won't be eligible to receive the dividend, when it is paid on the 10th of April.
The company's next dividend payment will be US$0.16 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed US$0.64 to shareholders. Calculating the last year's worth of payments shows that Hurco Companies has a trailing yield of 2.5% on the current share price of $26.05. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. As a result, readers should always check whether Hurco Companies has been able to grow its dividends, or if the dividend might be cut.
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If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. Hurco Companies paid out more than half (66%) of its earnings last year, which is a regular payout ratio for most companies. A useful secondary check can be to evaluate whether Hurco Companies generated enough free cash flow to afford its dividend.
Click here to see how much of its profit Hurco Companies paid out over the last 12 months.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Businesses with shrinking earnings are tricky from a dividend perspective. If business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. Hurco Companies's earnings per share have fallen at approximately 17% a year over the previous five years. Such a sharp decline casts doubt on the future sustainability of the dividend.
Another key way to measure a company's dividend prospects is by measuring its historical rate of dividend growth. Hurco Companies has delivered 12% dividend growth per year on average over the past 10 years. Growing the dividend payout ratio while earnings are declining can deliver nice returns for a while, but it's always worth checking for when the company can't increase the payout ratio any more - because then the music stops.
To Sum It Up
Is Hurco Companies worth buying for its dividend? Hurco Companies had an average payout ratio, but its free cash flow was lower and earnings per share have been declining. It's not that we think Hurco Companies is a bad company, but these characteristics don't generally lead to outstanding dividend performance.
So if you're still interested in Hurco Companies despite it's poor dividend qualities, you should be well informed on some of the risks facing this stock. Our analysis shows 3 warning signs for Hurco Companies that we strongly recommend you have a look at before investing in the company.
Generally, we wouldn't recommend just buying the first dividend stock you see. Here's a curated list of interesting stocks that are strong dividend payers.
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Hurco Companies, Inc., an industrial technology company, designs, manufactures, and sells computerized machine tools to companies in the metal cutting industry worldwide.
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