Why Dividend Hunters Love Downer EDI Limited (ASX:DOW)

Downer EDI Limited (ASX:DOW) has pleased shareholders over the past 10 years, by paying out dividends. The stock currently pays out a dividend yield of 3.6%, and has a market cap of AU$4.5b. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Downer EDI in more detail.

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5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
ASX:DOW Historical Dividend Yield, April 9th 2019
ASX:DOW Historical Dividend Yield, April 9th 2019

How well does Downer EDI fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 79% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. However, going forward, analysts expect DOW’s payout to fall to 58% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of 4.2%. However, EPS should increase to A$0.51, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. DOW has increased its DPS from A$0.26 to A$0.28 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.

In terms of its peers, Downer EDI has a yield of 3.6%, which is high for Commercial Services stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

With these dividend metrics in mind, I definitely rank Downer EDI as a strong income stock, and is worth further research for anyone who considers dividends an important part of their portfolio strategy. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. There are three fundamental factors you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for DOW’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for DOW’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is DOW 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 DOW 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.

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