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Only Four Days Left To Cash In On Sibanye Stillwater's (JSE:SSW) Dividend
Regular readers will know that we love our dividends at Simply Wall St, which is why it's exciting to see Sibanye Stillwater Limited (JSE:SSW) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 4 days. The ex-dividend date is one business day before a company's record date, which is the date on which the company determines which shareholders are entitled to receive a dividend. The ex-dividend date is important because any transaction on a stock needs to have been settled before the record date in order to be eligible for a dividend. Thus, you can purchase Sibanye Stillwater's shares before the 22nd of March in order to receive the dividend, which the company will pay on the 27th of March.
The company's next dividend payment will be R1.22 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of R2.44 to shareholders. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, Sibanye Stillwater has a trailing yield of approximately 6.6% on its current stock price of ZAR37.1. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. So we need to investigate whether Sibanye Stillwater can afford its dividend, and if the dividend could grow.
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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. That's why it's good to see Sibanye Stillwater paying out a modest 40% of its earnings. Yet cash flows are even more important than profits for assessing a dividend, so we need to see if the company generated enough cash to pay its distribution. It paid out 104% of its free cash flow in the form of dividends last year, which is outside the comfort zone for most businesses. Cash flows are usually much more volatile than earnings, so this could be a temporary effect - but we'd generally want to look more closely here.
While Sibanye Stillwater's dividends were covered by the company's reported profits, cash is somewhat more important, so it's not great to see that the company didn't generate enough cash to pay its dividend. Were this to happen repeatedly, this would be a risk to Sibanye Stillwater's ability to maintain its dividend.
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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. It's encouraging to see Sibanye Stillwater has grown its earnings rapidly, up 54% a year for the past five years. Earnings have been growing quickly, but we're concerned dividend payments consumed most of the company's cash flow over the past year.
Another key way to measure a company's dividend prospects is by measuring its historical rate of dividend growth. Sibanye Stillwater has delivered an average of 15% per year annual increase in its dividend, based on the past nine years of dividend payments. Both per-share earnings and dividends have both been growing rapidly in recent times, which is great to see.
The Bottom Line
From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid Sibanye Stillwater? We like that Sibanye Stillwater has been successfully growing its earnings per share at a nice rate and reinvesting most of its profits in the business. However, we note the high cashflow payout ratio with some concern. Overall, it's hard to get excited about Sibanye Stillwater from a dividend perspective.
In light of that, while Sibanye Stillwater has an appealing dividend, it's worth knowing the risks involved with this stock. In terms of investment risks, we've identified 2 warning signs with Sibanye Stillwater and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
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Sibanye Stillwater Limited, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a precious metals mining company in South Africa, the United States, Zimbabwe, Canada, and Argentina.
Flawless balance sheet and good value.