Today is Thursday, May 23, 2019, and this is your daily dividend safety update. Today we’re looking at Clearway Energy (NYSE: CWEN) stock to see whether its 7.48% dividend is safe.
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Let’s look at the company’s payout ratio, cash flow growth, and dividend history to gauge the probability of a dividend cut in the next few years.
Payout Ratio (Dividends/Earnings)
Clearway Energy has a payout ratio of 1850%. That’s too high for our liking. Payout ratio equals dividends per share divided by earnings per share. Payout ratios near or over 100% indicate that the company might not be able to afford its dividend — or that it might have to borrow money to pay it.
Cash Flow Growth Year-Over-Year
Clearway Energy has not grown its cash flow in the last year. That’s a bad omen for dividend investors. No cash flow means no dividend, so if cash flow isn’t growing, that’s a problem for us.
Dividend History & Recent Cuts
Clearway Energy has a recent history of dividend cuts. In fact, it’s only been 1 year since the last cut. That’s not a good sign. Companies that have recently cut their dividend are generally more likely to cut them again.
Clearway Energy stock has failed 3 of our 3 dividend safety metrics. With that in mind, we believe a dividend cut is very likely in the next few years.
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