Should Huber+Suhner AG (VTX:HUBN) Be Part Of Your Income Portfolio?

A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over time. Historically, Huber+Suhner AG (VTX:HUBN) has been paying a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 1.4%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Huber+Suhner should have a place in your portfolio.

See our latest analysis for Huber+Suhner

5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

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

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
SWX:HUBN Historical Dividend Yield, February 28th 2019
SWX:HUBN Historical Dividend Yield, February 28th 2019

How well does Huber+Suhner fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 43% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect HUBN’s payout to remain around the same level at 47% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of around 2.0%. In addition to this, EPS should increase to CHF3.15.

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.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Dividend payments from Huber+Suhner have been volatile in the past 10 years, with some years experiencing significant drops of over 25%. This means that dividend hunters should probably steer clear of the stock, at least for now until the track record improves.

Relative to peers, Huber+Suhner generates a yield of 1.4%, which is on the low-side for Electrical stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Huber+Suhner’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, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. I’ve put together three important factors you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for HUBN’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for HUBN’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is HUBN 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 HUBN is currently mispriced by the market.
  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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