Corus Entertainment (TSE:CJR.B) Has Announced A Dividend Of CA$0.06

Corus Entertainment Inc.’s (TSE:CJR.B) investors are due to receive a payment of CA$0.06 per share on 29th of December. The dividend yield will be 10.0% based on this payment which is still above the industry average.

While the dividend yield is important for income investors, it is also important to consider any large share price moves, as this will generally outweigh any gains from distributions. Corus Entertainment’s stock price has reduced by 37% in the last 3 months, which is not ideal for investors and can explain a sharp increase in the dividend yield.

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Corus Entertainment’s Distributions May Be Difficult To Sustain

A big dividend yield for a few years doesn’t mean much if it can’t be sustained. Corus Entertainment is not generating a profit, but its free cash flows easily cover the dividend, leaving plenty for reinvestment in the business. We generally think that cash flow is more important than accounting measures of profit, so we are fairly comfortable with the dividend at this level.

Assuming the trend of the last few years continues, EPS will grow by 10.9% over the next 12 months. We like to see the company moving towards profitability, but this probably won’t be enough for it to post positive net income this year. However, the positive cash flow ratio gives us some comfort about the sustainability of the dividend.

TSX:CJR.B Historic Dividend November 25th 2022

Dividend Volatility

The company’s dividend history has been marked by instability, with at least one cut in the last 10 years. The annual payment during the last 10 years was CA$0.96 in 2012, and the most recent fiscal year payment was CA$0.24. Dividend payments have fallen sharply, down 75% over that time. Declining dividends aren’t generally what we look for as they can indicate that the company is running into some challenges.

The Company Could Face Some Challenges Growing The Dividend

With a relatively unstable dividend, and a poor history of shrinking dividends, it’s even more important to see if EPS is growing. We are encouraged to see that Corus Entertainment has grown earnings per share at 11% per year over the past five years. It’s not great that the company is not turning a profit, but the decent growth in recent years is certainly a positive sign. All is not lost, but the future of the dividend definitely rests upon the company’s ability to become profitable soon.

Our Thoughts On Corus Entertainment’s Dividend

In summary, while it’s good to see that the dividend hasn’t been cut, we are a bit cautious about Corus Entertainment’s 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 would be a touch cautious of relying on this stock primarily for the dividend income.

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 aware of before pouring capital into a stock. For instance, we’ve picked out 1 warning sign for Corus Entertainment that investors should take into consideration. If you are a dividend investor, you might also want to look at us curated list of high yield dividend stocks.

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