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Dividends can be underrated but they form a large part of investment returns, playing an important role in compounding returns in the long run. In the last few years Think Childcare Limited (ASX:TNK) has paid a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 5.6%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Think Childcare in more detail.
5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock
When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:
- 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 the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
- Can it afford 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 does Think Childcare fare?
The company currently pays out 67% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 55% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of 5.4%. However, EPS should increase to A$0.12, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.
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. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.
If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. The reality is that it is too early to consider Think Childcare as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 3 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.
Relative to peers, Think Childcare generates a yield of 5.6%, which is high for Consumer Services stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.
If you are building an income portfolio, then Think Childcare is a complicated choice since it has some positive aspects as well as negative ones. 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. Below, I’ve compiled three key factors you should look at:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for TNK’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for TNK’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is TNK 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 TNK 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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