Should April SA (EPA:APR) Be Part Of Your Dividend Portfolio?

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. April SA (EPA:APR) has returned to shareholders over the past 10 years, an average dividend yield of 2.00% annually. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at April in more detail.

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5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
ENXTPA:APR Historical Dividend Yield July 31st 18
ENXTPA:APR Historical Dividend Yield July 31st 18

How well does April fit our criteria?

April has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 27.62%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. However, going forward, analysts expect APR’s payout to fall to 24.79% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of 2.06%. However, EPS should increase to €1.09, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Dividend payments from April have been volatile in the past 10 years, with some years experiencing significant drops of over 25%. This means that dividend hunters should probably steer clear of the stock, at least for now until the track record improves.

Compared to its peers, April produces a yield of 1.99%, which is on the low-side for Insurance stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking all the above into account, April is a complicated pick for dividend investors given that there are a couple of positive things about it as well as negative. However, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still offer some interesting investment opportunities. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. I’ve put together three important factors you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for APR’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for APR’s outlook.
  2. Historical Performance: What has APR’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  3. Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.