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Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) Passed Our Checks, And It's About To Pay A US$0.37 Dividend

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Regular readers will know that we love our dividends at Simply Wall St, which is why it's exciting to see Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next 4 days. The ex-dividend date occurs one day before the record date which is the day on which shareholders need to be on the company's books in order to receive a dividend. The ex-dividend date is important as the process of settlement involves two full business days. So if you miss that date, you would not show up on the company's books on the record date. Accordingly, Citrix Systems investors that purchase the stock on or after the 6th of December will not receive the dividend, which will be paid on the 21st of December.

The company's upcoming dividend is US$0.37 a share, following on from the last 12 months, when the company distributed a total of US$1.48 per share to shareholders. Based on the last year's worth of payments, Citrix Systems stock has a trailing yield of around 1.8% on the current share price of $80.43. We love seeing companies pay a dividend, but it's also important to be sure that laying the golden eggs isn't going to kill our golden goose! So we need to check whether the dividend payments are covered, and if earnings are growing.

View our latest analysis for Citrix Systems

Dividends are typically paid out of company income, so if a company pays out more than it earned, its dividend is usually at a higher risk of being cut. Citrix Systems paid out more than half (57%) of its earnings last year, which is a regular payout ratio for most companies. That said, even highly profitable companies sometimes might not generate enough cash to pay the dividend, which is why we should always check if the dividend is covered by cash flow. It distributed 33% of its free cash flow as dividends, a comfortable payout level for most companies.

It's encouraging to see that the dividend is covered by both profit and cash flow. This generally suggests the dividend is sustainable, as long as earnings don't drop precipitously.

Click here to see the company's payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.

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Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Businesses with strong growth prospects usually make the best dividend payers, because it's easier to grow dividends when earnings per share are improving. If business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. Fortunately for readers, Citrix Systems's earnings per share have been growing at 13% a year for the past five years. Citrix Systems is paying out a bit over half its earnings, which suggests the company is striking a balance between reinvesting in growth, and paying dividends. This is a reasonable combination that could hint at some further dividend increases in the future.

Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. Citrix Systems has delivered an average of 1.9% per year annual increase in its dividend, based on the past three years of dividend payments. Earnings per share have been growing much quicker than dividends, potentially because Citrix Systems is keeping back more of its profits to grow the business.

To Sum It Up

Has Citrix Systems got what it takes to maintain its dividend payments? Citrix Systems's growing earnings per share and conservative payout ratios make for a decent combination. We also like that it paid out a lower percentage of its cash flow. Citrix Systems looks solid on this analysis overall, and we'd definitely consider investigating it more closely.

So while Citrix Systems looks good from a dividend perspective, it's always worthwhile being up to date with the risks involved in this stock. We've identified 4 warning signs with Citrix Systems (at least 1 which shouldn't be ignored), and understanding these should be part of your investment process.

A common investment mistake is buying the first interesting stock you see. Here you can find a list of promising dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

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