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This FTSE 100 stock halves its 11% dividend yield next year. What now?

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Vodafone (LSE:VOD) has introduced that it is going to be slicing its hefty dividend yield in half from 2025.

The information follows 5 years of declines which have stripped over 50% off the share worth. So I’m stunned it stored its excessive yield (presently 11%) in place and waited this lengthy to take motion.

Whereas dividend cuts imply decrease returns for shareholders, struggling firms sometimes profit from reinvesting capital somewhat than paying it out. In the long term, this might be a win for everybody if the reinvestment helps drive future profitability.

In fact, there’s additionally the likelihood that it scares away shareholders from an already declining funding. Vodafone appears to be putting a brave wager on the religion of its shareholders.

It’s a cautious balancing act and I concern Vodafone was tipping the scales for too lengthy.

May it work?

The dividend lower is harking back to the same technique that the corporate seems to have tried in March 2022. Within the two years prior, it had steadily elevated its dividend from a low of 6% as much as 10%.

Vodafone dividend yield
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When Vodafone pumped up its dividend yield to 10% in late September 2021, the share worth elevated 28% over the next months. Nonetheless, after slicing it down to six% the next March, the shares started declining. Regardless of step by step bringing it again as much as 10% over the next two years, the share worth didn’t recuperate.

Admittedly, the worth has climbed 6% for the reason that announcement however that solely barely recovers this 12 months’s losses.

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So what’s going properly?

What has been growing is Vodafone’s return on fairness (ROE), which has risen to 18.22% up to now three years.

ROE is an effective indication of how properly an organization is changing shareholder fairness into income. It’s calculated by dividing web revenue by fairness (property minus debt). As an investor, it’s reassuring to know that the enterprise is utilizing its property in essentially the most environment friendly method.

Vodafone return on equity
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And but…

The share worth has executed little to mirror this efficiency. Vodafone’s most up-to-date earnings had been £9bn — nearly half its €19.1bn market cap. With a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of two.1 it’s significantly decrease than the business common of 18.1. A money stream evaluation estimates the shares to be undervalued by nearly 70%.

Earnings and income have additionally decreased. In its newest Q3 outcomes launched in February, complete income fell 4.9% whereas earnings-per-share (EPS) decreased 103.15%.

Vodafone revenue and EPS
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I’ll admit – shopping for Vodafone shares hasn’t gone very properly for me. It’s presently one of many worst-performing shares in my portfolio and slicing a dividend isn’t one thing sometimes related to enchancment.

Twelve months in the past, forecasters thought the share worth could be round £1.18 as we speak. Now at solely 70p, it’s far beneath expectations. More moderen forecasts recommend development of 37% within the subsequent 12 months.

I want I may share their optimism however with the worth now the bottom it’s been in 27 years, I’m struggling to search out the religion. I attempt to by no means promote at a loss so I’ll maintain my shares for now. But when I didn’t have any, I wouldn’t be shopping for.


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