Should Paul Hartmann AG (FRA:PHH2) Be Part Of Your Portfolio?

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Dividends can be underrated but they form a large part of investment returns, playing an important role in compounding returns in the long run. Historically, Paul Hartmann AG (FRA:PHH2) has been paying a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 2.2%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Paul Hartmann in more detail.

See our latest analysis for Paul Hartmann

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
DB:PHH2 Historical Dividend Yield, February 22nd 2019
DB:PHH2 Historical Dividend Yield, February 22nd 2019

How well does Paul Hartmann fit our criteria?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 29%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward.

When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. In the case of PHH2 it has increased its DPS from €3.6 to €7 in the past 10 years. It has also been paying out dividend consistently during this time, as you’d expect for a company increasing its dividend levels. This is an impressive feat, which makes PHH2 a true dividend rockstar.

Relative to peers, Paul Hartmann has a yield of 2.2%, which is high for Medical Equipment stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, Paul Hartmann ticks most of the boxes as a strong dividend investment, putting it in my list of top dividend payers. 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 important factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for PHH2’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for PHH2’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is PHH2 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 PHH2 is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other 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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