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Negri Sembilan Oil Palms Berhad's (KLSE:NSOP) Dividend Will Be MYR0.06

The board of Negri Sembilan Oil Palms Berhad (KLSE:NSOP) has announced that it will pay a dividend of MYR0.06 per share on the 28th of June. This takes the annual payment to 3.2% of the current stock price, which is about average for the industry.

Check out our latest analysis for Negri Sembilan Oil Palms Berhad

Negri Sembilan Oil Palms Berhad's Payment Has Solid Earnings Coverage

We like to see a healthy dividend yield, but that is only helpful to us if the payment can continue. However, prior to this announcement, Negri Sembilan Oil Palms Berhad was quite comfortably covering its dividend with earnings and it was paying more than 75% of its free cash flow to shareholders. However, with more than 75% of free cash flow being paid out to shareholders, future growth could potentially be constrained.

Over the next year, EPS could expand by 47.2% if recent trends continue. Assuming the dividend continues along recent trends, we think the payout ratio could be 34% by next year, which is in a pretty sustainable range.


Dividend Volatility

Although the company has a long dividend history, it has been cut at least once in the last 10 years. The annual payment during the last 10 years was MYR0.09 in 2014, and the most recent fiscal year payment was MYR0.12. This means that it has been growing its distributions at 2.9% per annum over that time. The dividend has seen some fluctuations in the past, so even though the dividend was raised this year, we should remember that it has been cut in the past.

The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow

With a relatively unstable dividend, it's even more important to see if earnings per share is growing. It's encouraging to see that Negri Sembilan Oil Palms Berhad has been growing its earnings per share at 47% a year over the past five years. Earnings have been growing rapidly, and with a low payout ratio we think that the company could turn out to be a great dividend stock.

In Summary

Overall, this is probably not a great income stock, even though the dividend is being raised at the moment. The company hasn't been paying a very consistent dividend over time, despite only paying out a small portion of earnings. Overall, we don't think this company has the makings of a good income stock.

It's important to note that companies having a consistent dividend policy will generate greater investor confidence than those having an erratic one. Meanwhile, despite the importance of dividend payments, they are not the only factors our readers should know when assessing a company. Taking the debate a bit further, we've identified 2 warning signs for Negri Sembilan Oil Palms Berhad that investors need to be conscious of moving forward. Is Negri Sembilan Oil Palms Berhad not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.

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