Interested In Patria Investments' (NASDAQ:PAX) Upcoming US$0.175 Dividend? You Have Four Days Left

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Some investors rely on dividends for growing their wealth, and if you’re one of those dividend sleuths, you might be intrigued to know that Patria Investments Limited (NASDAQ:PAX) is about to go ex-dividend in just 4 days. The ex-dividend date is one business day before a company’s record date, which is the date on which the company determines which shareholders are entitled to receive a dividend. The ex-dividend date is of consequence because whenever a stock is bought or sold, the trade takes at least two business day to settle. In other words, investors can purchase Patria Investments’ shares before the 17th of May in order to be eligible for the dividend, which will be paid on the 10th of June.

The company’s next dividend payment will be US$0.175 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of US$0.98 to shareholders. Based on the last year’s worth of payments, Patria Investments has a trailing yield of 7.6% on the current stock price of US$12.91. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether Patria Investments’s dividend is reliable and sustainable. We need to see whether the dividend is covered by earnings and if it’s growing.

See our latest analysis for Patria Investments

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. Patria Investments distributed an unsustainably high 139% of its profit as dividends to shareholders last year. Without extenuating circumstances, we’d consider the dividend at risk of a cut.

When a company pays out a dividend that is not well covered by profits, the dividend is generally seen as more vulnerable to being cut.

Click here to see the company’s payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.

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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. If earnings fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. For this reason, we’re glad to see Patria Investments’s earnings per share have risen 16% per annum over the last five years.

Many investors will assess a company’s dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. In the last three years, Patria Investments has lifted its dividend by approximately 32% a year on average. It’s great to see earnings per share growing rapidly over several years, and dividends per share growing right along with it.

The Bottom Line

Is Patria Investments an attractive dividend stock, or better left on the shelf? It’s been growing earnings per share at a pleasant rate, although its dividend payout was not well covered by earnings. At best we would put it on a watch-list to see if business conditions improve, as it doesn’t look like a clear opportunity right now.

If you want to look further into Patria Investments, it’s worth knowing the risks this business faces. For instance, we’ve identified 2 warning signs for Patria Investments (1 shouldn’t be ignored) you should be aware of.

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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