Is HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA (FRA:HLE) A Great Dividend Stock?

Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA (FRA:HLE) has paid a dividend to shareholders in the last few years. It currently yields 3.0%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at HELLA GmbH KGaA in more detail.

View our latest analysis for HELLA GmbH KGaA

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:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% 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?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
DB:HLE Historical Dividend Yield December 20th 18
DB:HLE Historical Dividend Yield December 20th 18

Does HELLA GmbH KGaA pass our checks?

The company currently pays out 29% 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 HLE’s payout to remain around the same level at 31% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of around 3.6%. Furthermore, EPS should increase to €4.85.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. The reality is that it is too early to consider HELLA GmbH KGaA as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 4 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

In terms of its peers, HELLA GmbH KGaA produces a yield of 3.0%, which is on the low-side for Auto Components stocks.

Next Steps:

Whilst there are few things you may like about HELLA GmbH KGaA from a dividend stock perspective, the truth is that overall it probably is not the best choice for a dividend investor. 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, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. Below, I’ve compiled three essential factors you should look at:

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

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.