DHT Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:DHT) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 3 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. The ex-dividend date is important as the process of settlement involves two full business days. So if you miss that date, you would not show up on the company's books on the record date. Therefore, if you purchase DHT Holdings' shares on or after the 18th of May, you won't be eligible to receive the dividend, when it is paid on the 26th of May.
The company's next dividend payment will be US$0.02 per share. Last year, in total, the company distributed US$0.10 to shareholders. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, DHT Holdings has a trailing yield of approximately 1.8% on its current stock price of $5.45. Dividends are a major contributor to investment returns for long term holders, but only if the dividend continues to be paid. That's why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.
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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. DHT Holdings lost money last year, so the fact that it's paying a dividend is certainly disconcerting. There might be a good reason for this, but we'd want to look into it further before getting comfortable. With the recent loss, it's important to check if the business generated enough cash to pay its dividend. If cash earnings don't cover the dividend, the company would have to pay dividends out of cash in the bank, or by borrowing money, neither of which is long-term sustainable. It paid out 86% of its free cash flow as dividends, which is within usual limits but will limit the company's ability to lift the dividend if there's no growth.
Click here to see the company's payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.NYSE:DHT Historic Dividend May 14th 2022
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. DHT Holdings was unprofitable last year, but at least the general trend suggests its earnings have been improving over the past five years. Even so, an unprofitable company whose business does not quickly recover is usually not a good candidate for dividend investors.
Another key way to measure a company's dividend prospects is by measuring its historical rate of dividend growth. DHT Holdings has seen its dividend decline 32% per annum on average over the past 10 years, which is not great to see.
We update our analysis on DHT Holdings every 24 hours, so you can always get the latest insights on its financial health, here.
From a dividend perspective, should investors buy or avoid DHT Holdings? It's hard to get used to DHT Holdings paying a dividend despite reporting a loss over the past year. At least the dividend was covered by free cash flow, however. Overall, it's not a bad combination, but we feel that there are likely more attractive dividend prospects out there.
With that being said, if dividends aren't your biggest concern with DHT Holdings, you should know about the other risks facing this business. To help with this, we've discovered 2 warning signs for DHT Holdings (1 is a bit concerning!) that you ought to be aware of before buying the shares.
Generally, we wouldn't recommend just buying the first dividend stock you see. Here's a curated list of interesting stocks that are strong dividend payers.
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