Patria Investments Limited (NASDAQ:PAX) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 4 days. The ex-dividend date occurs one day before the record date which is the day on which shareholders need to be on the company's books in order to receive a dividend. It is important to be aware of the ex-dividend date because any trade on the stock needs to have been settled on or before the record date. Therefore, if you purchase Patria Investments' shares on or after the 14th of November, you won't be eligible to receive the dividend, when it is paid on the 7th of December.
The company's next dividend payment will be US$0.17 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed US$0.71 to shareholders. Last year's total dividend payments show that Patria Investments has a trailing yield of 5.1% on the current share price of $13.94. Dividends are an important source of income to many shareholders, but the health of the business is crucial to maintaining those dividends. So we need to investigate whether Patria Investments can afford its dividend, and if the dividend could grow.
Dividends are usually paid out of company profits, so if a company pays out more than it earned then its dividend is usually at greater risk of being cut. Patria Investments distributed an unsustainably high 200% of its profit as dividends to shareholders last year. Without extenuating circumstances, we'd consider the dividend at risk of a cut.
Generally, the higher a company's payout ratio, the more the dividend is at risk of being reduced.
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. If earnings fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. With that in mind, we're encouraged by the steady growth at Patria Investments, with earnings per share up 4.6% on average over the last five years.
We'd also point out that Patria Investments issued a meaningful number of new shares in the past year. Trying to grow the dividend while issuing large amounts of new shares reminds us of the ancient Greek tale of Sisyphus - perpetually pushing a boulder uphill.
Given that Patria Investments has only been paying a dividend for a year, there's not much of a past history to draw insight from.
To Sum It Up
Should investors buy Patria Investments for the upcoming dividend? Patria Investments has been growing earnings per share at a reasonable rate, but over the last year its dividend was not well covered by earnings. These characteristics don't generally lead to outstanding dividend performance, and investors may not be happy with the results of owning this stock for its dividend.
Having said that, if you're looking at this stock without much concern for the dividend, you should still be familiar of the risks involved with Patria Investments. To help with this, we've discovered 3 warning signs for Patria Investments (1 is a bit unpleasant!) that you ought to be aware of before buying the shares.
If you're in the market for strong dividend payers, we recommend checking our selection of top dividend stocks.
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