Is MLP SE (FRA:MLP) An Attractive Dividend Stock?

Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. MLP SE (FRA:MLP) has returned to shareholders over the past 10 years, an average dividend yield of 4.00% annually. Does MLP tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

See our latest analysis for MLP

5 checks you should use to assess 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 consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
DB:MLP Historical Dividend Yield July 25th 18
DB:MLP Historical Dividend Yield July 25th 18

How well does MLP fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 77.00% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 64.59%, leading to a dividend yield of 4.18%. However, EPS should increase to €0.33, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

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 MLP have been volatile in the past 10 years, with some years experiencing significant drops of over 25%. These characteristics do not bode well for income investors seeking reliable stream of dividends.

Relative to peers, MLP has a yield of 3.65%, which is high for Capital Markets stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

If MLP is in your portfolio for cash-generating reasons, there may be better alternatives out there. 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 recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. There are three pertinent factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for MLP’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for MLP’s outlook.
  2. Historical Performance: What has MLP’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  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 pass 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.