Our analysis is based on comparing Spark Energy, Inc. with the following peers – Duke Energy Corporation, DTE Energy Company, Southern Company and SCANA Corporation (DUK-US, DTE-US, SO-US and SCG-US).
Dividend Quality Overview
- Over the last twelve months (prior to September 30, 2017), SPKE-US paid a low quality dividend, which represents a yield of 5.80% 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 3 were high quality, 1 was medium quality and 1 was low quality.
- The ending cash balance, with a dividend coverage of 1.34x, provides a moderate cushion in case of a significant reduction of cash flows in the future.
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Over the last twelve months (prior to September 30, 2017), SPKE-US paid a low 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 7.37x), investing cash flow (coverage of -10.34x), issuance cash flow (coverage of 3.37x) and twelve-month prior cash (coverage of 1.94x), for a total dividend coverage of 2.34x.
These coverage ratio factors imply that the firm had to dip into the beginning cash balance to pay the dividend, which suggests a low dividend quality.
|Dividend Yield (%)||N/A||N/A||0.37||6.9||4.25||7.25|
|Dividend Payout (%)||N/A||N/A||-1202||136.79||65.02||82.87|
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Spark Energy, Inc. engages in the supply and retail of electricity and natural gas. The company operates through two segments: Retail Natural Gas and Retail Electricity. The Retail Natural Gas segment purchases natural gas supply through physical and financial transactions with market counterparts and supply natural gas to residential and commercial consumers pursuant to fixed-price, variable-price and flat rate contracts. The Retail Electricity segment supplies through physical and financial transactions with market counterparts and independent system operators and supply electricity to residential and commercial consumers pursuant to fixed-price and variable price contracts. The firm also provides green energy solutions and offers renewable electricity and carbon neutral natural gas products. Spark Energy was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.
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