Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:FCX) Has Announced A Dividend Of $0.15

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Freeport-McMoRan, Inc.




Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (NYSE:FCX) will pay a dividend of $0.15 on the 1st of February. This means the annual payment will be 1.4% of the current stock price, which is lower than the industry average.

View our latest analysis for Freeport-McMoRan

Freeport-McMoRan's Dividend Is Well Covered By Earnings

Even a low dividend yield can be attractive if it is sustained for years on end. Prior to this announcement, Freeport-McMoRan's dividend was only 40% of earnings, however it was paying out 166% 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.

Looking forward, earnings per share is forecast to rise by 74.5% over the next year. Assuming the dividend continues along recent trends, we think the payout ratio could be 19% by next year, which is in a pretty sustainable range.

NYSE:FCX Historic Dividend December 29th 2023

Dividend Volatility

The company's dividend history has been marked by instability, with at least one cut in the last 10 years. Since 2013, the dividend has gone from $1.25 total annually to $0.60. Doing the maths, this is a decline of about 7.1% per year. Declining dividends isn't generally what we look for as they can indicate that the company is running into some challenges.

Dividend Growth May Be Hard To Come By

With a relatively unstable dividend, and a poor history of shrinking dividends, it's even more important to see if EPS is growing. Over the past five years, it looks as though Freeport-McMoRan's EPS has declined at around 7.2% a year. Declining earnings will inevitably lead to the company paying a lower dividend in line with lower profits. Earnings are predicted to grow over the next year, but we would remain cautious until a track record of earnings growth is established.

Freeport-McMoRan's Dividend Doesn't Look Sustainable

Overall, we don't think this company makes a great dividend stock, even though the dividend wasn't cut this year. With cash flows lacking, it is difficult to see how the company can sustain a dividend payment. 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. For instance, we've picked out 1 warning sign for Freeport-McMoRan that investors should take into consideration. 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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