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Domain Holdings Australia (ASX:DHG) Is Due To Pay A Dividend Of A$0.04

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Domain Holdings Australia Limited's (ASX:DHG) investors are due to receive a payment of A$0.04 per share on 13th of September. The dividend yield will be 2.1% based on this payment which is still above the industry average.

See our latest analysis for Domain Holdings Australia

Domain Holdings Australia's Earnings Easily Cover The Distributions

While it is great to have a strong dividend yield, we should also consider whether the payment is sustainable. Before making this announcement, the company's dividend was much higher than its earnings. It will be difficult to sustain this level of payout so we wouldn't be confident about this continuing.

Looking forward, earnings per share is forecast to rise by 192.8% over the next year. Assuming the dividend continues along the course it has been charting recently, our estimates show the payout ratio being 35% which brings it into quite a comfortable range.

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Domain Holdings Australia's Dividend Has Lacked Consistency

Domain Holdings Australia has been paying dividends for a while, but the track record isn't stellar. This suggests that the dividend might not be the most reliable. There hasn't been much of a change in the dividend over the last 5 years. Modest growth in the dividend is good to see, but we think this is offset by historical cuts to the payments. It is hard to live on a dividend income if the company's earnings are not consistent.

The Dividend Has Limited 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. Earnings per share has been sinking by 24% over the last 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. However, the next year is actually looking up, with earnings set to rise. We would just wait until it becomes a pattern before getting too excited.

Domain Holdings Australia's Dividend Doesn't Look Great

Overall, this isn't a great candidate as an income investment, even though the dividend was stable this year. The company seems to be stretching itself a bit to make such big payments, but it doesn't appear they can be consistent over time. Overall, this doesn't get us very excited from an income standpoint.

Market movements attest to how highly valued a consistent dividend policy is compared to one which is more unpredictable. However, there are other things to consider for investors when analysing stock performance. Taking the debate a bit further, we've identified 1 warning sign for Domain Holdings Australia 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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