Know This Before Buying Hutter & Schrantz Stahlbau AG (VIE:HST) For Its Dividend

Dividends can be underrated but they form a large part of investment returns, playing an important role in compounding returns in the long run. Historically, Hutter & Schrantz Stahlbau AG (VIE:HST) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 3.4%. Does Hutter & Schrantz Stahlbau tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

Check out our latest analysis for Hutter & Schrantz Stahlbau

5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock

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

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
WBAG:HST Historical Dividend Yield November 22nd 18
WBAG:HST Historical Dividend Yield November 22nd 18

How does Hutter & Schrantz Stahlbau fare?

Hutter & Schrantz Stahlbau has a negative payout ratio, which means that it is loss-making, and paying its dividend from its retained earnings.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.

If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. Dividend payments from Hutter & Schrantz Stahlbau 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, Hutter & Schrantz Stahlbau produces a yield of 3.4%, which is high for Construction stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in Hutter & Schrantz Stahlbau for the dividend. On the other hand, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still be offering 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. There are three key factors you should further research:

  1. Valuation: What is HST worth today? Even if the stock is a cash cow, it’s not worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether HST is currently mispriced by the market.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Hutter & Schrantz Stahlbau’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
  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.

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