Reynolds Consumer Products Inc. (NASDAQ:REYN) Looks Like A Good Stock, And It's Going Ex-Dividend Soon

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 09, 2020
NasdaqGS:REYN

Reynolds Consumer Products Inc. (NASDAQ:REYN) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 3 days. This means that investors who purchase shares on or after the 13th of November will not receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 30th of November.

Reynolds Consumer Products's next dividend payment will be US$0.22 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of US$0.88 to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Reynolds Consumer Products stock has a trailing yield of around 2.9% on the current share price of $30.12. We love seeing companies pay a dividend, but it's also important to be sure that laying the golden eggs isn't going to kill our golden goose! We need to see whether the dividend is covered by earnings and if it's growing.

See our latest analysis for Reynolds Consumer Products

Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned in profit, then the dividend could be unsustainable. Reynolds Consumer Products is paying out just 23% of its profit after tax, which is comfortably low and leaves plenty of breathing room in the case of adverse events. That said, even highly profitable companies sometimes might not generate enough cash to pay the dividend, which is why we should always check if the dividend is covered by cash flow. The good news is it paid out just 15% of its free cash flow in the last year.

It's positive to see that Reynolds Consumer Products's dividend is covered by both profits and cash flow, since this is generally a sign that the dividend is sustainable, and a lower payout ratio usually suggests a greater margin of safety before the dividend gets cut.

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

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NasdaqGS:REYN Historic Dividend November 9th 2020

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Stocks in companies that generate sustainable earnings growth often make the best dividend prospects, as it is easier to lift the dividend when earnings are rising. Investors love dividends, so if earnings fall and the dividend is reduced, expect a stock to be sold off heavily at the same time. That's why we're optimistic about Reynolds Consumer Products's earnings, which have ripped higher, up 25% over the past year. While we'd be remiss not to point out that a year is a very short time in dividend investing, it's an encouraging sign so far. With earnings per share growing rapidly and the company sensibly reinvesting almost all of its profits within the business, Reynolds Consumer Products looks like a promising growth company.

One year is a very short time frame in the pantheon of investing, so we wouldn't get too hung up on these numbers.

Reynolds Consumer Products also issued more than 5% of its market cap in new stock during the past year, which we feel is likely to hurt its dividend prospects in the long run. It's hard to grow dividends per share when a company keeps creating new shares.

Given that Reynolds Consumer Products has only been paying a dividend for a year, there's not much of a past history to draw insight from.

Final Takeaway

Is Reynolds Consumer Products an attractive dividend stock, or better left on the shelf? We love that Reynolds Consumer Products is growing earnings per share while simultaneously paying out a low percentage of both its earnings and cash flow. These characteristics suggest the company is reinvesting in growing its business, while the conservative payout ratio also implies a reduced risk of the dividend being cut in the future. There's a lot to like about Reynolds Consumer Products, and we would prioritise taking a closer look at it.

With that in mind, a critical part of thorough stock research is being aware of any risks that stock currently faces. We've identified 2 warning signs with Reynolds Consumer Products (at least 1 which can't be ignored), and understanding these should be part of your investment process.

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