Investors who want to cash in on Metalla Royalty & Streaming Ltd’s (TSXV:MTA) upcoming dividend of CA$0 per share have only 3 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 31 May 2018, in time for dividends payable on the 15 June 2018. Should you diversify into Metalla Royalty & Streaming and boost your portfolio income stream? Well, keep on reading because today, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail. Check out our latest analysis for Metalla Royalty & Streaming
How I analyze a dividend stock
When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:
- Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
- Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
- 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 the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
Does Metalla Royalty & Streaming pass our checks?The current payout ratio for MTA is negative, which means that it is loss-making, and paying its dividend from its retained earnings. 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 Metalla Royalty & Streaming as a dividend investment. It has only been paying out dividend for the past one year. Generally, the rule of thumb for determining whether a stock is a reliable dividend payer is that it should be consistently paying dividends for the past 10 years or more. Clearly there’s a long road ahead before we can ascertain whether MTA one as a stable dividend player. Compared to its peers, Metalla Royalty & Streaming has a yield of 2.28%, which is high for Metals and Mining stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.
After digging a little deeper into Metalla Royalty & Streaming’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just 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 pertinent aspects you should look at:
- Historical Performance: What has MTA’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
- Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Metalla Royalty & Streaming’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
- Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.