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Altius Minerals (TSE:ALS) Will Pay A Dividend Of CA$0.08

Altius Minerals Corporation's (TSE:ALS) investors are due to receive a payment of CA$0.08 per share on 1st of April. This payment means the dividend yield will be 1.6%, which is below the average for the industry.

See our latest analysis for Altius Minerals

Altius Minerals Doesn't Earn Enough To Cover Its Payments

The dividend yield is a little bit low, but sustainability of the payments is also an important part of evaluating an income stock. Prior to this announcement, the company was paying out 159% of what it was earning, however the dividend was quite comfortably covered by free cash flows at a cash payout ratio of only 43%. Healthy cash flows are always a positive sign, especially when they quite easily cover the dividend.

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The next 12 months is set to see EPS grow by 49.4%. Assuming the dividend continues along recent trends, we think the payout ratio could reach 122%, which probably can't continue without putting some pressure on the balance sheet.

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TSX:ALS Historic Dividend March 15th 2024

Altius Minerals Doesn't Have A Long Payment History

The dividend's track record has been pretty solid, but with only 9 years of history we want to see a few more years of history before making any solid conclusions. The annual payment during the last 9 years was CA$0.08 in 2015, and the most recent fiscal year payment was CA$0.32. This implies that the company grew its distributions at a yearly rate of about 17% over that duration. The dividend has been growing rapidly, however with such a short payment history we can't know for sure if payment can continue to grow over the long term, so caution may be warranted.

Dividend Growth Could Be Constrained

Investors could be attracted to the stock based on the quality of its payment history. Altius Minerals has impressed us by growing EPS at 47% per year over the past five years. Strong earnings is nice to see, but unless this can be sustained on minimal reinvestment of profits, we would question whether dividends will follow suit.

In Summary

In summary, while it's good to see that the dividend hasn't been cut, we are a bit cautious about Altius Minerals' payments, as there could be some issues with sustaining them into the future. The company is generating plenty of cash, which could maintain the dividend for a while, but the track record hasn't been great. We don't think Altius Minerals is a great stock to add to your portfolio if income is your focus.

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. As an example, we've identified 2 warning signs for Altius Minerals that you should be aware of before investing. If you are a dividend investor, you might also want to look at our curated list of high yield dividend stocks.

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