Read This Before Considering The Keg Royalties Income Fund (TSE:KEG.UN) For Its Upcoming CA$0.095 Dividend

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The Keg Royalties Income Fund (TSE:KEG.UN) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 3 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. 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. Accordingly, Keg Royalties Income Fund investors that purchase the stock on or after the 18th of August will not receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 31st of August.

The company's upcoming dividend is CA$0.095 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of CA$1.14 per share to shareholders. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, Keg Royalties Income Fund has a trailing yield of approximately 7.0% on its current stock price of CA$16.23. 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.

See our latest analysis for Keg Royalties Income Fund

Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned in profit, then the dividend could be unsustainable. Keg Royalties Income Fund paid out 154% of profit in the past year, which we think is typically not sustainable unless there are mitigating characteristics such as unusually strong cash flow or a large cash balance. Yet cash flow is typically more important than profit for assessing dividend sustainability, so we should always check if the company generated enough cash to afford its dividend. Dividends consumed 51% of the company's free cash flow last year, which is within a normal range for most dividend-paying organisations.

It's disappointing to see that the dividend was not covered by profits, but cash is more important from a dividend sustainability perspective, and Keg Royalties Income Fund fortunately did generate enough cash to fund its dividend. If executives were to continue paying more in dividends than the company reported in profits, we'd view this as a warning sign. Very few companies are able to sustainably pay dividends larger than their reported earnings.

Click here to see how much of its profit Keg Royalties Income Fund paid out over the last 12 months.

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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. Investors love dividends, so if earnings fall and the dividend is reduced, expect a stock to be sold off heavily at the same time. That's why it's comforting to see Keg Royalties Income Fund's earnings have been skyrocketing, up 44% per annum for the past five years.

The main way most investors will assess a company's dividend prospects is by checking the historical rate of dividend growth. In the past 10 years, Keg Royalties Income Fund has increased its dividend at approximately 1.7% a year on average. It's good to see both earnings and the dividend have improved - although the former has been rising much quicker than the latter, possibly due to the company reinvesting more of its profits in growth.

To Sum It Up

Is Keg Royalties Income Fund worth buying for its dividend? Keg Royalties Income Fund has been growing its earnings per share nicely, although judging by the difference between its profit and cashflow payout ratios, the company might have reported some write-offs over the last year. Overall, it's hard to get excited about Keg Royalties Income Fund from a dividend perspective.

So if you want to do more digging on Keg Royalties Income Fund, you'll find it worthwhile knowing the risks that this stock faces. Be aware that Keg Royalties Income Fund is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis, and 1 of those doesn't sit too well with us...

If you're in the market for strong dividend payers, we recommend checking our selection of top dividend stocks.

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