Over the past 10 years ABB Ltd (VTX:ABBN) has been paying dividends to shareholders. The company currently pays out a dividend yield of 4.1% to shareholders, making it a relatively attractive dividend stock. Does ABB tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.
5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock
When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:
- Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
- Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
- Has it increased its dividend per share amount 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 ABB fare?
The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 76%, 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 4.6%. However, EPS should increase to $1.28, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.
When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.
If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. In the case of ABBN it has increased its DPS from $0.42 to $0.77 in the past 10 years. It has also been paying out dividend consistently during this time, as you’d expect for a company increasing its dividend levels. This is an impressive feat, which makes ABBN a true dividend rockstar.
Compared to its peers, ABB produces a yield of 4.1%, which is high for Electrical stocks.
With these dividend metrics in mind, I definitely rank ABB 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 relevant factors you should look at:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ABBN’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ABBN’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is ABBN 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 ABBN is currently mispriced by the market.
- 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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