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Dividend Cushion Ratio Catches Another Dividend Cut

publication date: Jan 7, 2020
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Image Shown: Tupperware Brands Corporation suspended its dividend in November 2019, a pitfall investors could have avoided by utilizing Valuentum’s proprietary Dividend Cushion ratio. 

Our Dividend Cushion ratio can be a very useful tool for income seeking investors that wish to avoid payout cuts and the likely capital depreciation that follows. The Dividend Cushion ratio is based on our forecast of the firm’s future free cash flows over the next five full fiscal years, less its net debt or plus its net cash position, divided by its expected dividend obligations during this period. We view this as a powerful gauge of a company’s true dividend coverage, as compared to EPS payout ratios which are backward looking and flawed when evaluating the ability to cover future dividend obligations. This metric has been successfully in warning investors about numerous value traps over the years, including packaging company Tupperware Brands Corp. The company sells anything from plastic kitchen storage containers under its Tupperware brand to beauty products under its NaturCare and other brands. The Dividend Cushion also most recently warned about the cut at Core Labs, too.

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