Firm Capital Mortgage Investment (TSE:FC) Is Due To Pay A Dividend Of CA$0.078

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The board of Firm Capital Mortgage Investment Corporation (TSE:FC) has announced that it will pay a dividend on the 15th of June, with investors receiving CA$0.078 per share. This makes the dividend yield 7.1%, which will augment investor returns quite nicely.

Check out our latest analysis for Firm Capital Mortgage Investment

Firm Capital Mortgage Investment Is Paying Out More Than It Is Earning

A big dividend yield for a few years doesn’t mean much if it can’t be sustained. Based on the last payment, the dividend made up 78% of cash flows, but a higher proportion of net income. The company could be more focused on returning cash to shareholders, but this could indicate that growth opportunities are few and far between.

Looking forward, EPS could fall by 1.7% if the company can’t turn things around from the last few years. Assuming the dividend continues along recent trends, we believe the payout ratio could reach 108%, which could put the dividend under pressure if earnings don’t start to improve.

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Dividend Volatility

The company’s dividend history has been marked by instability, with at least 1 cut in the last 10 years. The first annual payment during the last 10 years was CA$1.01 in 2012, and the most recent fiscal year payment was CA$0.95. The dividend has shrunk at a rate of less than 1% a year over this period. Declining dividends isn’t generally what we look for as they can indicate that the company is running into some challenges.

The Dividend’s Growth Prospects Are Limited

With a relatively unstable dividend, it’s even more important to evaluate if earnings per share is growing, which could point to a growing dividend in the future. Firm Capital Mortgage Investment hasn’t seen much change in its earnings per share over the last five years.

Firm Capital Mortgage Investment’s Dividend Doesn’t Look Sustainable

In summary, while it’s good to see that the dividend hasn’t been cut, we are a bit cautious about Firm Capital Mortgage Investment’s payments, as there could be some issues with sustaining them into the future. The track record isn’t great, and the payments are a bit high to be considered sustainable. This company is not in the top tier of income providing stocks.

Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. Meanwhile, despite the importance of dividend payments, they are not the only factors our readers should know when assessing a company. Case in point: We’ve spotted 3 warning signs for Firm Capital Mortgage Investment (of which 1 doesn’t sit too well with us!) you should know about. Looking for more high-yielding dividend ideas? Try our collection of strong dividend payers.

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