Why I’ll Take Some Profits On Dicker Data (ASX: DDR) Shares

I don’t usually write an update on the Dicker Data (ASX: DDR) quarterly reports, but I thought it would be worthwhile to do one this time, because I think this quarterly report means my prior dividend expectations are too high. When I covered the Dicker Data half year report and capital raising, I concluded that “I’m expecting a yield of around 3.8% to 4.7% based on a share price of $11, being a dividend range of 42 cents to 52 cents.”

Based in part on this analysis I subsequently wrote that “my desired buy price for Dicker Data shares is $8.71 – $9.63.” As a result, I actually bought more shares at $9.50 not long ago.

However, today the company has updated on its Q3 quarterly performance, disclosing that year to date the company will earn $76.7 million in profit before tax, as you can see below.

Source: company announcement

In the half year to June 2022, Dicker Data reported Net Operating Profit Before Tax (NOPBT) of $51.76 million. That means that third quarter NOPBT was about $25 million, being generous. Assuming the same performance is repeated in the final quarter, we would see NOPBT of about $102 million (or slightly less).

During the half we’ve also seen shares on issue expand from about 173 million to over 180 million, being dilution of about 4%. Last year, we saw NOPBT of about $106m, or 61.2 cents per share. Using this basic forecast (repeating the third quarter), we’d see NOPBT of about 57 cents per share, if you use the 180 million to calculate the per share figure. Note that data providers would use a lower weighted average of the shares, but I think the actual number of shares on issue is more relevant to forecasting the future than the weighted average, given the recent dilution was for ongoing business expenses.

As a result of all this, it is clear that my prior forecast of 42c to 52c in dividends per share for the current year is on the optimistic side of things. I would now estimate that the bottom end of that range (say 45c) is probably the highest it would go, with some prospect the dividend will actually be lower than last year (which was 42c).

Now, the short term difficulties due to inflation and supply constraints don’t really change my longer term thesis. However, with Dicker Data now sitting above my (old) desired buy price, and with the short term forecast below my expectations, I think it is prudent to take some profits on my fairly large Dicker Data position. Therefore, I will look to sell at least 14% of my holding tomorrow or in subsequent days, assuming I can achieve around the current price of $10.83.

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