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Continental's (ETR:CON) Shareholders Will Receive A Bigger Dividend Than Last Year

Continental Aktiengesellschaft's (ETR:CON) dividend will be increasing from last year's payment of the same period to €2.20 on 2nd of May. This makes the dividend yield 3.5%, which is above the industry average.

View our latest analysis for Continental

Continental's Payment Has Solid Earnings Coverage

Impressive dividend yields are good, but this doesn't matter much if the payments can't be sustained. However, prior to this announcement, Continental's dividend was comfortably covered by both cash flow and earnings. As a result, a large proportion of what it earned was being reinvested back into the business.

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The next year is set to see EPS grow by 103.0%. If the dividend continues on this path, the payout ratio could be 18% by next year, which we think can be pretty sustainable going forward.

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Dividend Volatility

The company has a long dividend track record, but it doesn't look great with cuts in the past. The annual payment during the last 10 years was €2.50 in 2014, and the most recent fiscal year payment was €2.20. Doing the maths, this is a decline of about 1.3% per year. A company that decreases its dividend over time generally isn't what we are looking for.

The Dividend Has Limited Growth Potential

With a relatively unstable dividend, it's even more important to evaluate if earnings per share is growing, which could point to a growing dividend in the future. Continental's EPS has fallen by approximately 17% per year during the past five years. 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. It's not all bad news though, as the earnings are predicted to rise over the next 12 months - we would just be a bit cautious until this becomes a long term trend.

Our Thoughts On Continental's Dividend

Overall, we always like to see the dividend being raised, but we don't think Continental will make a great income stock. The company is generating plenty of cash, which could maintain the dividend for a while, but the track record hasn't been great. We would be a touch cautious of relying on this stock primarily for the dividend income.

It's important to note that companies having a consistent dividend policy will generate greater investor confidence than those having an erratic one. However, there are other things to consider for investors when analysing stock performance. As an example, we've identified 1 warning sign for Continental that you should be aware of before investing. Is Continental not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.

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