We Wouldn't Be Too Quick To Buy Invesco Ltd. (NYSE:IVZ) Before It Goes Ex-Dividend

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Simply Wall St
Published
February 07, 2021
NYSE:IVZ

Invesco Ltd. (NYSE:IVZ) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in four days. If you purchase the stock on or after the 12th of February, you won't be eligible to receive this dividend, when it is paid on the 2nd of March.

Invesco's upcoming dividend is US$0.15 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of US$0.62 per share to shareholders. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, Invesco has a trailing yield of approximately 2.8% on its current stock price of $21.96. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. We need to see whether the dividend is covered by earnings and if it's growing.

Check out our latest analysis for Invesco

Dividends are typically paid out of company income, so if a company pays out more than it earned, its dividend is usually at a higher risk of being cut. Invesco paid out more than half (54%) of its earnings last year, which is a regular payout ratio for most companies.

When a company paid out less in dividends than it earned in profit, this generally suggests its dividend is affordable. The lower the % of its profit that it pays out, the greater the margin of safety for the dividend if the business enters a downturn.

Click here to see the company's payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.

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NYSE:IVZ Historic Dividend February 7th 2021

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

When earnings decline, dividend companies become much harder to analyse and own safely. If earnings fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. Invesco's earnings per share have fallen at approximately 13% a year over the previous five years. When earnings per share fall, the maximum amount of dividends that can be paid also falls.

The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. In the last 10 years, Invesco has lifted its dividend by approximately 3.5% a year on average. 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.

Final Takeaway

Is Invesco worth buying for its dividend? Earnings per share have been declining and the company is paying out more than half its profits to shareholders; not an enticing combination. This is not an overtly appealing combination of characteristics, and we're just not that interested in this company's dividend.

With that in mind though, if the poor dividend characteristics of Invesco don't faze you, it's worth being mindful of the risks involved with this business. To help with this, we've discovered 3 warning signs for Invesco that you should be aware of before investing in their shares.

A common investment mistake is buying the first interesting stock you see. Here you can find a list of promising dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

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