Enviva (NYSE:EVA) Is Increasing Its Dividend To $0.905

August 07, 2022
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November 02, 2022
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Enviva Inc. (NYSE:EVA) has announced that it will be increasing its dividend from last year's comparable payment on the 26th of August to $0.905. Based on this payment, the dividend yield for the company will be 5.1%, which is fairly typical for the industry.

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Enviva's Payment Has Solid Earnings Coverage

Solid dividend yields are great, but they only really help us if the payment is sustainable. Despite not generating a profit, Enviva is still 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.

Looking forward, earnings per share is forecast to rise exponentially over the next year. Assuming the dividend continues along recent trends, we think the payout ratio will be 75%, which makes us pretty comfortable with the sustainability of the dividend.

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NYSE:EVA Historic Dividend August 7th 2022

Enviva Is Still Building Its Track Record

Enviva's dividend has been pretty stable for a little while now, but we will continue to be cautious until it has been demonstrated for a few more years. Since 2015, the dividend has gone from $1.65 total annually to $3.62. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 12% per annum over that time. We're not overly excited about the relatively short history of dividend payments, however the dividend is growing at a nice rate and we might take a closer look.

Dividend Growth Potential Is Shaky

The company's investors will be pleased to have been receiving dividend income for some time. Let's not jump to conclusions as things might not be as good as they appear on the surface. Over the past five years, it looks as though Enviva's EPS has declined at around 64% a year. This steep decline can indicate that the business is going through a tough time, which could constrain its ability to pay a larger dividend each year in the future. Over the next year, however, earnings are actually predicted to rise, but we would still be cautious until a track record of earnings growth can be built.

An additional note is that the company has been raising capital by issuing stock equal to 48% of shares outstanding in the last 12 months. Regularly doing this can be detrimental - it's hard to grow dividends per share when new shares are regularly being created.

Enviva's Dividend Doesn't Look Great

In conclusion, we have some concerns about this dividend, even though it being raised is good. The company's earnings aren't high enough to be making such big distributions, and it isn't backed up by strong growth or consistency either. Overall, this doesn't get us very excited from an income standpoint.

Investors generally tend to favour companies with a consistent, stable dividend policy as opposed to those operating an irregular one. Meanwhile, despite the importance of dividend payments, they are not the only factors our readers should know when assessing a company. Case in point: We've spotted 3 warning signs for Enviva (of which 2 are significant!) you should know about. Is Enviva not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.

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