Is Vossloh AG (FRA:VOS) A Smart Pick For Income Investors?

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Historically, Vossloh AG (FRA:VOS) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 2.3%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Vossloh in more detail.

View our latest analysis for Vossloh

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
DB:VOS Historical Dividend Yield, April 9th 2019
DB:VOS Historical Dividend Yield, April 9th 2019

Does Vossloh pass our checks?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for VOS is 133%, which means that the dividend is not well-covered by its earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a more sensible payout ratio of 45%, which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of 2.2%. Furthermore, EPS should increase to €1.44, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

If you want to dive deeper into the sustainability of a certain payout ratio, you may wish to consider the cash flow of the business. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Not only have dividend payouts from Vossloh fallen over the past 10 years, it has also been highly volatile during this time, with drops of over 25% in some years. These characteristics do not bode well for income investors seeking reliable stream of dividends.

Compared to its peers, Vossloh has a yield of 2.3%, which is high for Machinery stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Vossloh’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 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 fundamental factors you should further research:

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