A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over time. Historically, Energy Action Limited (ASX:EAX) has been paying a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 4.8%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Energy Action should have a place in your portfolio.
Here’s how I find good dividend stocks
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?
- Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
- Has the amount of dividend per share grown 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?
How well does Energy Action fit our criteria?
The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 40%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward.
If you want to dive deeper into the sustainability of a certain payout ratio, you may wish to consider the cash flow of the business. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.
If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Energy Action as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 7 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.
Compared to its peers, Energy Action has a yield of 4.8%, which is high for Professional Services stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.
Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in Energy Action 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, 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 fundamental factors you should further examine:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for EAX’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for EAX’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is EAX 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 EAX is currently mispriced by the market.
- 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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