Perseus Mining Limited (ASX:PRU) has announced that it will pay a dividend of A$0.0106 per share on the 6th of April. The dividend yield is 1.6% based on this payment, which is a little bit low compared to the other companies in the industry.
Perseus Mining's Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings
Even a low dividend yield can be attractive if it is sustained for years on end. However, Perseus Mining's earnings easily cover the dividend. As a result, a large proportion of what it earned was being reinvested back into the business.
Over the next year, EPS is forecast to fall by 9.3%. Assuming the dividend continues along recent trends, we believe the payout ratio could be 13%, which we are pretty comfortable with and we think is feasible on an earnings basis.
Perseus Mining Is Still Building Its Track Record
The company hasn't been paying a dividend for very long at all, so we can't really make a judgement on how stable the dividend has been. This doesn't mean that the company can't pay a good dividend, but just that we want to wait until it can prove itself.
The Dividend Looks Likely To Grow
The company's investors will be pleased to have been receiving dividend income for some time. Perseus Mining has seen EPS rising for the last five years, at 65% per annum. 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.
We should note that Perseus Mining has issued stock equal to 11% of shares outstanding. Trying to grow the dividend when issuing new shares reminds us of the ancient Greek tale of Sisyphus - perpetually pushing a boulder uphill. Companies that consistently issue new shares are often suboptimal from a dividend perspective.
Perseus Mining Looks Like A Great Dividend Stock
Overall, we think that this is a great income investment, and we think that maintaining the dividend this year may have been a conservative choice. The distributions are easily covered by earnings, and there is plenty of cash being generated as well. If earnings do fall over the next 12 months, the dividend could be buffeted a little bit, but we don't think it should cause too much of a problem in the long term. Taking this all into consideration, this looks like it could be a good dividend opportunity.
Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. At the same time, there are other factors our readers should be conscious of before pouring capital into a stock. Case in point: We've spotted 3 warning signs for Perseus Mining (of which 1 makes us a bit uncomfortable!) you should know about. Is Perseus Mining not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.
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