Kaap Agri (JSE:KAL) Is Paying Out A Larger Dividend Than Last Year

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May 13, 2022
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The board of Kaap Agri Limited (JSE:KAL) has announced that the dividend on 13th of June will be increased to R0.46, which will be 15% higher than last year. This will take the annual payment from 3.3% to 3.5% of the stock price, which is above what most companies in the industry pay.

Check out our latest analysis for Kaap Agri

Kaap Agri's Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings

A big dividend yield for a few years doesn't mean much if it can't be sustained. Before making this announcement, Kaap Agri was easily earning enough to cover the dividend. As a result, a large proportion of what it earned was being reinvested back into the business.

Looking forward, earnings per share could rise by 8.8% over the next year if the trend from the last few years continues. If the dividend continues on this path, the payout ratio could be 33% by next year, which we think can be pretty sustainable going forward.

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JSE:KAL Historic Dividend May 13th 2022

Kaap Agri's Dividend Has Lacked Consistency

Even in its short history, we have seen the dividend cut. The dividend has gone from R0.83 in 2018 to the most recent annual payment of R1.51. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 16% a year over that time. Despite the rapid growth in the dividend over the past number of years, we have seen the payments go down the past as well, so that makes us cautious.

The Dividend Has Growth Potential

Given that the dividend has been cut in the past, we need to check if earnings are growing and if that might lead to stronger dividends in the future. We are encouraged to see that Kaap Agri has grown earnings per share at 8.8% per year over the past five years. A low payout ratio and decent growth suggests that the company is reinvesting well, and it also has plenty of room to increase the dividend over time.

We Really Like Kaap Agri's Dividend

Overall, we think this could be an attractive income stock, and it is only getting better by paying a higher dividend this year. Earnings are easily covering distributions, and the company is generating plenty of cash. Taking this all into consideration, this looks like it could be a good dividend opportunity.

Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. At the same time, there are other factors our readers should be conscious of before pouring capital into a stock. Taking the debate a bit further, we've identified 2 warning signs for Kaap Agri that investors need to be conscious of moving forward. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.

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