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Compass Diversified (NYSE:CODI) Will Pay A Dividend Of $0.25

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Compass Diversified (NYSE:CODI) has announced that it will pay a dividend of $0.25 per share on the 26th of October. The dividend yield will be 5.4% based on this payment which is still above the industry average.

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Compass Diversified Might Find It Hard To Continue The Dividend

We like to see robust dividend yields, but that doesn't matter if the payment isn't sustainable. Even in the absence of profits, Compass Diversified is paying a dividend. The company is also yet to generate cash flow, so the dividend sustainability is definitely questionable.

Analysts expect the EPS to grow by 98.9% over the next 12 months. This is the right direction to be moving, but it is not enough to achieve profitability. Unless this happens fairly soon, the dividend could start to come under pressure.

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NYSE:CODI Historic Dividend October 17th 2023

Dividend Volatility

Although the company has a long dividend history, it has been cut at least once in the last 10 years. The annual payment during the last 10 years was $1.44 in 2013, and the most recent fiscal year payment was $1.00. Doing the maths, this is a decline of about 3.6% per year. Generally, we don't like to see a dividend that has been declining over time as this can degrade shareholders' returns and indicate that the company may be running into problems.

The Company Could Face Some Challenges Growing The Dividend

With a relatively unstable dividend, it's even more important to see if earnings per share is growing. We are encouraged to see that Compass Diversified has grown earnings per share at 15% per year over the past five years. Unprofitable companies aren't normally our pick for a dividend stock, but we like the growth that we have been seeing. As long as the company becomes profitable soon, it is on a trajectory that could see it being a solid dividend payer.

Compass Diversified's Dividend Doesn't Look Sustainable

Overall, it's nice to see a consistent dividend payment, but we think that longer term, the current level of payment might be unsustainable. 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. We would probably look elsewhere for an income investment.

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. As an example, we've identified 1 warning sign for Compass Diversified that you should be aware of before investing. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.

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