It would be a safe bet that the Appen Ltd (ASX: APX) share price has not been a favourite amongst most ASX investors in recent times. This former ASX tech darling has certainly had a painful fall back to earth in recent months. A year ago, Appen was priced at $15.64. In August 2020, it was asking over $40 a share. Today? Appen is currently at $6.69, down a nasty 40% in 2022 alone so far.
The human annotated dataset company has been struggling with uncertainty in its field, which has led to guidance downgrades and a savage earnings multiple compression from investors as a result.
As Appen shares have fallen, its dividend yield has been rising…
But it hasn’t been all bad news for investors. As we covered earlier this month, Appen has been consistently raising its dividend behind the scenes in recent years, even as the company faces the woes discussed above. In 2017, when the company was last facing a share price with a ‘6’ in front of it, it doled out a total of 6 cents in dividends per share.
In 2021, the company paid out 20 cents per share, a good 67% increase on 2017’s payouts. This has helped push Appen’s dividend yield to record highs. A dividend yield is a function of a company’s raw dividends per share, and its share price. Thus, a lower share price combined with rising dividends per share is a recipe for a higher dividend yield. And that is exactly what’s been happening with Appen.
So on current pricing, Appen’s 10 cents per share in dividends gives the company a dividend yield of 1.52%. That’s likely close to the highest dividend yield new investors have ever seen in front of the Appen share price. Appen’s recent and painful share price fall certainly has this silver lining to consider