Why KWS Saat SE (FRA:KWS) Is A Top Dividend Stock

Today we’ll take a closer look at KWS Saat SE (FRA:KWS) from a dividend investor’s perspective. Owning a strong dividend company and reinvesting the dividends is widely seen as an attractive way of growing your wealth. If you are hoping to live on the income from dividends, it’s important to be a lot more stringent with your investments than the average punter.

While KWS Saat’s 1.0% dividend yield is not the highest, we think its lengthy payment history is quite interesting. Before you buy any stock for its dividend however, you should always remember Warren Buffett’s two rules: 1) Don’t lose money, and 2) Remember rule #1. We’ll run through some checks below to help with this.

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DB:KWS Historical Dividend Yield, April 20th 2019
DB:KWS Historical Dividend Yield, April 20th 2019

Payout ratios

Dividends are usually paid out of company earnings. If a company is paying more than it earns, then the dividend might become unsustainable – hardly an ideal situation. So we need to be form a view on if a company’s dividend is sustainable, relative to its net profit after tax. Looking at the data, we can see that 18% of KWS Saat’s profits were paid out as dividends in the last 12 months. We like this low payout ratio, because it implies the dividend is well covered and leaves ample opportunity for reinvestment.

Another important check we do is to see if the free cash flow generated is sufficient to pay the dividend. Of the levered free cash flow it generated last year, KWS Saat paid out 29% as dividends, suggesting the dividend is affordable.

Remember, you can always get a snapshot of KWS Saat’s latest financial position, by checking our visualisation of its financial health.

Dividend Volatility

Before buying a stock for its income, we want to see if the dividends have been stable in the past, and if the company has a track record of maintaining its dividend. KWS Saat has been paying dividends for a long time, but for the purpose of this analysis, we only examine the past 10 years of payments. During this period the dividend has been stable, which could imply the business could have relatively consistent earnings power. During the past ten-year period, the first annual payment was €0.34 in 2009, compared to €0.64 last year. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 6.5% a year over that time.

Dividend Growth Potential

While dividend payments have been relatively stable, it would also be nice if earnings per share (EPS) were growing, as this is essential to maintaining the dividend’s purchasing power over the long term. KWS Saat has grown its earnings per share at 6.1% per annum over the past five years. With a decent amount of growth and a low payout ratio, we think this bodes well for KWS Saat’s prospects of growing its dividend payments in the future.

Conclusion

To summarise, shareholders should always check that KWS Saat’s dividends are affordable, that its dividend payments are relatively stable, and that it has decent prospects for growing its earnings and dividend. First, we like that the company’s dividend payments appear well covered, although the retained capital also needs to be effectively reinvested. Second, earnings growth has been mediocre, but at least the dividends have been relatively stable. KWS Saat performs well under this analysis, although it falls slightly short in some key areas. At the right valuation though, it may still be an interesting prospect.

Companies that are growing earnings tend to be the best dividend stocks over the long term. See what the 4 analysts we track are forecasting for KWS Saat for free with public analyst estimates for the company.

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