Here’s What We Like About Wheaton Precious Metals’ (TSE:WPM) Upcoming Dividend
Regular readers will know that we love our dividends at Simply Wall St, which is why it’s exciting to see Wheaton Precious Metals Corp. (TSE:WPM) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next four days. The ex-dividend date is usually set to be one business day before the record date which is the cut-off date on which you must be present on the company’s books as a shareholder in order to receive the 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. In other words, investors can purchase Wheaton Precious Metals’ shares before the 23rd of March in order to be eligible for the dividend, which will be paid on the 6th of April.
The company’s next dividend payment will be US$0.15 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed US$0.60 to shareholders. Based on the last year’s worth of payments, Wheaton Precious Metals stock has a trailing yield of around 1.3% on the current share price of CA$62.16. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. We need to see whether the dividend is covered by earnings and if it’s growing.
See our latest analysis for Wheaton Precious Metals
If a company pays out more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable – hardly an ideal situation. Wheaton Precious Metals paid out a comfortable 40% of its profit last year. That said, even highly profitable companies sometimes might not generate enough cash to pay the dividend, which is why we should always check if the dividend is covered by cash flow. Thankfully its dividend payments took up just 33% of the free cash flow it generated, which is a comfortable payout ratio.
It’s positive to see that Wheaton Precious Metals’s dividend is covered by both profits and cash flow, since this is generally a sign that the dividend is sustainable, and a lower payout ratio usually suggests a greater margin of safety before the dividend gets cut.
Click here to see the company’s payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.
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. It’s encouraging to see Wheaton Precious Metals has grown its earnings rapidly, up 62% a year for the past five years. Wheaton Precious Metals is paying out less than half its earnings and cash flow, while simultaneously growing earnings per share at a rapid clip. Companies with growing earnings and low payout ratios are often the best long-term dividend stocks, as the company can both grow its earnings and increase the percentage of earnings that it pays out, essentially multiplying the dividend.
The main way most investors will assess a company’s dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. Wheaton Precious Metals has delivered an average of 5.2% per year annual increase in its dividend, based on the past 10 years of dividend payments. Earnings per share have been growing much quicker than dividends, potentially because Wheaton Precious Metals is keeping back more of its profits to grow the business.
To Sum It Up
Has Wheaton Precious Metals got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? It’s great that Wheaton Precious Metals is growing earnings per share while simultaneously paying out a low percentage of both its earnings and cash flow. It’s disappointing to see the dividend has been cut at least once in the past, but as things stand now, the low payout ratio suggests a conservative approach to dividends, which we like. It’s a promising combination that should mark this company worthy of closer attention.
With that in mind, a critical part of thorough stock research is being aware of any risks that stock currently faces. Our analysis shows 2 warning signs for Wheaton Precious Metals that we strongly recommend you have a look at before investing in the company.
If you’re in the market for strong dividend payers, we recommend checking our selection of top dividend stocks.
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