Should Liechtensteinische Landesbank Aktiengesellschaft (VTX:LLBN) Be Part Of Your Portfolio?

Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. In the last few years Liechtensteinische Landesbank Aktiengesellschaft (VTX:LLBN) has paid a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 3.1%. Does Liechtensteinische Landesbank tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

View our latest analysis for Liechtensteinische Landesbank

How I analyze a dividend stock

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • 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 dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • 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?
SWX:LLBN Historical Dividend Yield, March 26th 2019
SWX:LLBN Historical Dividend Yield, March 26th 2019

How does Liechtensteinische Landesbank fare?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 80%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. However, going forward, analysts expect LLBN’s payout to fall to 63% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of 3.6%.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. A business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.

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. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Liechtensteinische Landesbank as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 2 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Compared to its peers, Liechtensteinische Landesbank produces a yield of 3.1%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking all the above into account, Liechtensteinische Landesbank is a complicated pick for dividend investors given that there are a couple of positive things about it as well as negative. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. 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. I’ve put together three pertinent aspects you should look at:

  1. Valuation: What is LLBN 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 LLBN is currently mispriced by the market.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Liechtensteinische Landesbank’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
  3. 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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