Patria Investments Limited (NASDAQ:PAX) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next four days. The ex-dividend date is one business day before the record date, which is the cut-off date for shareholders to be present on the company's books to be eligible for a dividend payment. 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. Accordingly, Patria Investments investors that purchase the stock on or after the 1st of September will not receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 16th of September.
The company's upcoming dividend is US$0.17 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of US$0.71 per share to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Patria Investments has a trailing yield of 4.9% on the current stock price of $14.37. We love seeing companies pay a dividend, but it's also important to be sure that laying the golden eggs isn't going to kill our golden goose! So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.
If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. Patria Investments paid out 107% of its earnings, which is more than we're comfortable with, unless there are mitigating circumstances.
When a company pays out a dividend that is not well covered by profits, the dividend is generally seen as more vulnerable to being cut.
Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?
Businesses with strong growth prospects usually make the best dividend payers, because it's easier to grow dividends when earnings per share are improving. If business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. With that in mind, it's good to see earnings have grown 5.0% on last year.
One year is not very long in the grand scheme of things though, so we wouldn't draw too strong a conclusion based on these results.
We'd also point out that Patria Investments issued a meaningful number of new shares in the past year. It's hard to grow dividends per share when a company keeps creating new shares.
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.
From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid Patria Investments? While we like that its earnings are growing somewhat, we're not enamored that it's paying out 107% of last year's earnings. All things considered, we're not optimistic about its dividend prospects, and would be inclined to leave it on the shelf for now.
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. Be aware that Patria Investments is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis, and 1 of those shouldn't be ignored...
If you're in the market for strong dividend payers, we recommend checking our selection of top dividend stocks.
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