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Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA (NYSE: FMS)
Sector: Full Time Employees (Industry)
Fresenius Medical Care is a German healthcare company specializing in kidney dialysis. For those who may not know, dialysis removes excess water, toxins and mixtures from the blood in people whose organs cannot do this process naturally. The company treats those with ESRD, which requires patients to undergo dialysis 3 times per week for life.
FMS also owns the largest inpatient and outpatient hospital in Germany, and owns a supplier of essential drugs, nutritions products, and medical devices.
Some activity to note was that the company acquired Shiel Medical Laboratory in 2013, and sold it to Quest Diagnostics in 2017. In 2019, FMS acquired NxStage.
Strengths: - Have paid a dividend since 1998, with a gap of 2020 (covid) - Decent PE ratio - Great dividend growth rates - Essential service (dialysis) - largest hospital in Germany (Fresenius Helios) - International diversification for the US readers
Risks: - Not afraid to cut or suspend dividends - Very high payout ratio - Recent civil bribery allegation settlements - Vulnerable to pandemics
FMS: Numbers from Seeking Alpha as of Jan 24, 2022
Numbers from Macro Trends as of Jan 24, 2022
|Current Annual Payout/Share||$0.82|
|5 Yr Div Growth Rate||27.72%|
|3 Yr Div Growth Rate||35.3%|
|1 Yr Div Growth Rate||11.67%|
|Years Of Growth||1|
|Current Payout Ratio||78.76%|
|Free Cash Flow / Share||3.5155|
|Debt / Equity Ratio||0.4887|
|Debt / EBITDA||1.81518|
FMS' revenue seems to be trailing generally upwards with a minor hiccup in 2018. There was an EPS drop in 2019. The dividend cut will need to be weighted by the reader before they do their own DD. I will explain my thoughts later. The payout ratio is very high. The free cash flow seems to be strong within this company.
I will now use the 3 year dividend growth rate to project further.
For another way, let's use historical payout ratio to project out.
|EPS estimate 2021||0.54|
|EPS estimate 2022||0.51|
I must first start out with the elephant in the room. The civil bribery lawsuit has me skittish. I don't know if it was cheaper to fight the lawsuit or to pay the settlement but the company has made its decision.
Regarding the dividend cut, I am happy that FMS decided to cut the dividend. With covid and an unknown duration of illness, not paying dividends makes sense. Especially when you don't know what percent of your clientele might become ill, die, or too paranoid to go out for treatment. That said, the pandemic will take time for numbers to correct. As of right now, I do believe that the company will hover in the 42-48 range once covid ends.
Weekly price estimate for a future date, via consulting the crystal ball: Predicted price for FMS for Jun 20, 2022: $41.22. There is no factual basis that I will give.
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