Potlatch Corp. : PCH-US: Dividend Analysis : March 07th, 2017 (record date) : By the numbers : April 3, 2017

Our analysis is based on comparing Potlatch Corp. with the following peers – Duke Realty Corporation, CatchMark Timber Trust, Inc. Class A, Select Income REIT, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, Weyerhaeuser Company, Power REIT, ACRE Realty Investors, Inc., Deltic Timber Corporation, Pope Resources, A Delaware Limited Partnership and Gladstone Land Corp. (DRE-US, CTT-US, SIR-US, LPX-US, WY-US, PW-US, AIII-US, DEL-US, POPE-US and LAND-US).

Potlatch Corp.’s dividend yield is 3.28 percent and its dividend payout is 555.56 percent. This compares to a peer average dividend yield of 3.80 percent and a payout level of 89.21 percent. This combination of a relatively lower dividend yield and a higher payout ratio suggest that the dividend payout might not be sustainable. The contra-indicator here is the relatively strong dividend quality score of 67 out of a possible score of 100, which points to some ability to sustain the higher payout ratio.

Dividend Yield
Dividend Quality Score

Dividend Quality Overview

  • Over the last twelve months (prior to December 31, 2016), PCH-US paid a high quality dividend, which represents a yield of 3.28% at the current price.
  • Dividend quality trend has not been consistent over the last five years. Dividends were paid during each of these years — of these 2 were high quality, 1 was medium quality and 2 were low quality.
  • The ending cash balance, with a dividend coverage of 1.36x, provides a moderate cushion in case of a significant reduction of cash flows in the future.
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Dividend Coverage

Over the last twelve months (prior to December 31, 2016), PCH-US paid a high quality dividend.

The source of the company’s cash to support the dividend paid over the last twelve months is operating cash flow (coverage of 1.68x), investing cash flow (coverage of 1.53x), issuance cash flow (coverage of -0.99x) and twelve-month prior cash (coverage of 0.13x), for a total dividend coverage of 2.36x.

PCH-US‘s issuance cash flow includes outflows from net debt repayment (coverage of -0.82x) and net share buybacks (coverage of -0.10x). Thus, the total coverage including share buybacks is 2.46x, which reflects our assumption that the cash paid for share buybacks is discretionary and could instead be used to pay dividends.

Dividend Coverage by Cash Flow (TTM)

These coverage ratio factors imply that the firm’s dividends are wholly paid from operating and investing cash flows net of any debt repayments, which suggests a high dividend quality.

Dividend History

Item 2012-12-31 2013-12-31 2014-12-31 2015-12-31 2016-12-31 Latest
Dividend Yield (%) 3.16 3.07 3.4 4.96 3.61 3.28
Dividend Payout (%) 118.1 73.99 64.77 194.81 555.56 555.56

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Company Profile

Potlatch Corp. is as a real estate investment trust, which owns and manages acres of timberlands. It operates through the following segments: Resource, Wood Products, and Real Estate. The Resource segment includes planting and harvesting trees; building and maintaining roads; hunting leases; recreation permits; biomass production; and carbon sequestration. The Wood Products segment produces and trades lumber, plywood, and residuals. The Real Estate segment markets and sells land holdings. The company was founded in 1903 and is headquartered in Spokane, WA.


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