I am looking at a stock SPN and I noticed that the DPS is greater than the EPS. Does this mean that the company is paying the dividend from a loan? This seems a bit wrong doesn't it? So if a stock as an EPS that is negative but it is paying a dividend, does that mean the company is making a loss but is still paying a dividend? I would have thought EPS would need to be greater than the DPS to pay a dividend or is it more important to have a dividend paid than to look after the long term future of the company?