Winmark (NASDAQ:WINA) Is Paying Out A Larger Dividend Than Last Year

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Winmark Corporation (NASDAQ:WINA) will increase its dividend from last year's comparable payment on the 3rd of June to $0.90. This makes the dividend yield 3.6%, which is above the industry average.

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Winmark 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. Prior to this announcement, Winmark's dividend was only 28% of earnings, however it was paying out 106% of free cash flows. While the business may be attempting to set a balanced dividend policy, a cash payout ratio this high might expose the dividend to being cut if the business ran into some challenges.

Earnings per share could rise by 7.9% over the next year if things go the same way as they have for the last few years. However, if the dividend continues along recent trends, it could start putting pressure on the balance sheet with the payout ratio reaching 130% over the next year.

NasdaqGM:WINA Historic Dividend April 29th 2024

Dividend Volatility

While the company has been paying a dividend for a long time, it has cut the dividend at least once in the last 10 years. The annual payment during the last 10 years was $0.20 in 2014, and the most recent fiscal year payment was $13.00. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 52% a year over that time. Winmark has grown distributions at a rapid rate despite cutting the dividend at least once in the past. Companies that cut once often cut again, so we would be cautious about buying this stock solely for the dividend income.

Winmark Could Grow Its Dividend

With a relatively unstable dividend, it's even more important to see if earnings per share is growing. Winmark has impressed us by growing EPS at 7.9% per year over the past five years. A low payout ratio and decent growth suggests that the company is reinvesting well, and it also has plenty of room to increase the dividend over time.

In Summary

Overall, we always like to see the dividend being raised, but we don't think Winmark will make a great income stock. While Winmark is earning enough to cover the payments, the cash flows are lacking. Overall, we don't think this company has the makings of a good income stock.

It's important to note that companies having a consistent dividend policy will generate greater investor confidence than those having an erratic one. Still, investors need to consider a host of other factors, apart from dividend payments, when analysing a company. To that end, Winmark has 3 warning signs (and 1 which is potentially serious) we think you should know about. 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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