Graphic Packaging Holding Company's (NYSE:GPK) investors are due to receive a payment of $0.075 per share on 5th of October. The dividend yield is 1.4% based on this payment, which is a little bit low compared to the other companies in the industry.
Graphic Packaging Holding's Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings
It would be nice for the yield to be higher, but we should also check if higher levels of dividend payment would be sustainable. Graphic Packaging Holding is quite easily earning enough to cover the dividend, however it is being let down by weak cash flows. With the company not bringing in any cash, paying out to shareholders is bound to become difficult at some point.
The next year is set to see EPS grow by 174.4%. If the dividend continues on this path, the payout ratio could be 13% by next year, which we think can be pretty sustainable going forward.
Graphic Packaging Holding Doesn't Have A Long Payment History
Even though the company has been paying a consistent dividend for a while, we would like to see a few more years before we feel comfortable relying on it. The annual payment during the last 8 years was $0.20 in 2014, and the most recent fiscal year payment was $0.30. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 5.2% over that duration. Graphic Packaging Holding has been growing its dividend at a decent rate, and the payments have been stable. However, the payment history is very short, so there is no evidence yet that the dividend can be sustained over a full economic cycle.
The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow
Some investors will be chomping at the bit to buy some of the company's stock based on its dividend history. Graphic Packaging Holding has seen EPS rising for the last five years, at 11% per annum. With a decent amount of growth and a low payout ratio, we think this bodes well for Graphic Packaging Holding's prospects of growing its dividend payments in the future.
Our Thoughts On Graphic Packaging Holding's Dividend
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 Graphic Packaging Holding is earning enough to cover the payments, the cash flows are lacking. We would probably look elsewhere for an income investment.
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Graphic Packaging Holding
Graphic Packaging Holding Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides fiber-based packaging solutions to food, beverage, foodservice, and other consumer products companies.
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Proven track record with moderate growth potential.