Gold Resource's Dividend Is Safe

As a dividend investor, it pays to follow how much of a company's money goes toward funding its dividend. A nice yield now won't matter much if the company can't keep making those payments going forward.

Here, we'll highlight a given company and its closest competitors to see just how safe their dividends are, with a little help from three crucial tools:

  • The interest coverage ratio, or earnings before interest and taxes, divided by interest expense. The interest coverage ratio measures a company's ability to pay the interest on its debt. An interest coverage ratio less than 1.5 is questionable; a number less than 1 means that the company is not bringing in enough money to cover its interest expenses.
  • The EPS payout ratio, or dividends per share divided by earnings per share. The EPS payout ratio measures the percentage of earnings that go toward paying the dividend. A ratio greater than 80% is worrisome.
  • The FCF payout ratio, or dividends per share divided by free cash flow per share. Earnings alone don't always paint a complete picture of a business's health. The FCF payout ratio measures the percent of free cash flow devoted toward paying the dividend. Again, a ratio greater than 80% could be a red flag.

Each of these ratios reflects dividends paid in the trailing 12 months, while yields are the expected forward yield. Let's examine Gold Resource (ASE: GORO) and three of its peers.



Interest Coverage

EPS Payout Ratio

FCF Payout Ratio

Gold Resource





Agnico-Eagle Mines (NYS: AEM)





Kinross Gold (NYS: KGC)





Barrick Gold (NYS: ABX)





Source: S&P Capital IQ. NM = not meaningful.

Gold Resource has no debt and as such it has no interest expenses to cover. While the company did not report earnings due to the high fixed costs of its expanding mine, it should become profitable as production continues to expand. The company's FCF payout ratio is below 20% and as such you shouldn't have to worry that Gold Resource will need to cut its dividend anytime soon. The company is even considering giving shareholders the option of taking their dividend in physical bullion instead of cash in the future.

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