Personal Group Holdings Plc’s (LON:PGH) 5.8% Dividend Yield Looks Pretty Interesting

Could Personal Group Holdings Plc (LON:PGH) be an attractive dividend share to own for the long haul? Investors are often drawn to strong companies with the idea of reinvesting the dividends. Unfortunately, it’s common for investors to be enticed in by the seemingly attractive yield, and lose money when the company has to cut its dividend payments.

With Personal Group Holdings yielding 5.8% and having paid a dividend for over 10 years, many investors likely find the company quite interesting. We’d guess that plenty of investors have purchased it for the income. Some simple analysis can reduce the risk of holding Personal Group Holdings for its dividend, and we’ll focus on the most important aspects below.

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AIM:PGH Historical Dividend Yield, July 22nd 2019
AIM:PGH Historical Dividend Yield, July 22nd 2019

Payout ratios

Dividends are usually paid out of company earnings. If a company is paying more than it earns, then the dividend might become unsustainable – hardly an ideal situation. So we need to form a view on if a company’s dividend is sustainable, relative to its net profit after tax. Looking at the data, we can see that 84% of Personal Group Holdings’s profits were paid out as dividends in the last 12 months. Paying out a majority of its earnings limits the amount that can be reinvested in the business. This may indicate a commitment to paying a dividend, or a dearth of investment opportunities.

Dividend Volatility

One of the major risks of relying on dividend income, is the potential for a company to struggle financially and cut its dividend. Not only is your income cut, but the value of your investment declines as well – nasty. Personal Group Holdings has been paying dividends for a long time, but for the purpose of this analysis, we only examine the past 10 years of payments. During this period the dividend has been stable, which could imply the business could have relatively consistent earnings power. During the past ten-year period, the first annual payment was UK£0.13 in 2009, compared to UK£0.23 last year. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 5.8% a year over that time.

Businesses that can grow their dividends at a decent rate and maintain a stable payout can generate substantial wealth for shareholders over the long term.

Dividend Growth Potential

Dividend payments have been consistent over the past few years, but we should always check if earnings per share (EPS) are growing, as this will help maintain the purchasing power of the dividend. It’s good to see Personal Group Holdings has been growing its earnings per share at 31% a year over the past 5 years. The company pays out most of its earnings as dividends, although with such rapid EPS growth, its possible the dividend is better covered than it looks. Still, we’d be cautious about extrapolating high growth too far out into the future.

Conclusion

Dividend investors should always want to know if a) a company’s dividends are affordable, b) if there is a track record of consistent payments, and c) if the dividend is capable of growing. Personal Group Holdings’s payout ratio is within normal bounds. That said, we were glad to see it growing earnings and paying a fairly consistent dividend. Personal Group Holdings has a number of positive attributes, but falls short of our ideal dividend company. It may be worth a look at the right price, though.

You can also discover whether shareholders are aligned with insider interests by checking our visualisation of insider shareholdings and trades in Personal Group Holdings stock.

If you are a dividend investor, you might also want to look at our curated list of dividend stocks yielding above 3%.

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