Gentex (NASDAQ:GNTX) Will Pay A Dividend Of $0.12

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Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ:GNTX) has announced that it will pay a dividend of $0.12 per share on the 19th of April. This means the annual payment will be 1.7% of the current stock price, which is lower than the industry average.

See our latest analysis for Gentex

Gentex's Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings

If it is predictable over a long period, even low dividend yields can be attractive. However, Gentex's earnings easily cover the dividend. As a result, a large proportion of what it earned was being reinvested back into the business.

The next year is set to see EPS grow by 74.3%. If the dividend continues along recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio will be 22%, which is in the range that makes us comfortable with the sustainability of the dividend.

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Gentex Has A Solid Track Record

The company has an extended history of paying stable dividends. The dividend has gone from an annual total of $0.26 in 2013 to the most recent total annual payment of $0.48. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 6.3% a year over that time. Dividends have grown at a reasonable rate over this period, and without any major cuts in the payment over time, we think this is an attractive combination as it provides a nice boost to shareholder returns.

The Dividend's Growth Prospects Are Limited

Some investors will be chomping at the bit to buy some of the company's stock based on its dividend history. However, initial appearances might be deceiving. Gentex hasn't seen much change in its earnings per share over the last five years.

In Summary

Overall, a consistent dividend is a good thing, and we think that Gentex has the ability to continue this into the future. With shrinking earnings, the company may see some issues maintaining the dividend even though they look pretty sustainable for now. Taking all of this into consideration, the dividend looks viable moving forward, but investors should be mindful that the company has pushed the boundaries of sustainability in the past and may do so again.

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. Given that earnings are not growing, the dividend does not look nearly so attractive. Very few businesses see earnings consistently shrink year after year in perpetuity though, and so it might be worth seeing what the 9 analysts we track are forecasting for the future. Is Gentex not quite the opportunity you were looking for? Why not check out our selection of top dividend stocks.

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