Should You Buy Auswide Bank Ltd (ASX:ABA) For Its Dividend?

A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. In the past 10 years Auswide Bank Ltd (ASX:ABA) has returned an average of 7.00% per year to investors in the form of dividend payouts. Does Auswide Bank tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

Check out our latest analysis for Auswide Bank

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
ASX:ABA Historical Dividend Yield August 21st 18
ASX:ABA Historical Dividend Yield August 21st 18

Does Auswide Bank pass our checks?

Auswide Bank has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 82.13%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a payout ratio of 76.70%, leading to a dividend yield of 6.92%. Moreover, EPS should increase to A$0.45.

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. Not only have dividend payouts from Auswide Bank fallen over the past 10 years, it has also been highly volatile during this time, with drops of over 25% in some years. This means that dividend hunters should probably steer clear of the stock, at least for now until the track record improves.

In terms of its peers, Auswide Bank generates a yield of 5.85%, which is high for Mortgage stocks.

Next Steps:

With this in mind, I definitely rank Auswide Bank as a strong dividend stock, and makes it worth further research for anyone who likes steady income generation from their portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. There are three essential factors you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ABA’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ABA’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is ABA 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 ABA is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other 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.