What To Know Before Buying Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (BME:BBVA) For Its Dividend

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, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (BME:BBVA) has been paying a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 5.1%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria in more detail.

View our latest analysis for Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • 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?
BME:BBVA Historical Dividend Yield, March 11th 2019
BME:BBVA Historical Dividend Yield, March 11th 2019

How well does Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 34% 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 BBVA’s payout to increase to 42% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of around 5.6%. However, EPS is forecasted to fall to €0.67 in the upcoming year. Therefore, although payout is expected to increase, the fall in earnings may not equate to higher dividend income.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. 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. Not only have dividend payouts from Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria fallen over the past 10 years, it has also been highly volatile during this time, with drops of over 25% in some years. This means that dividend hunters should probably steer clear of the stock, at least for now until the track record improves.

Relative to peers, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria generates a yield of 5.1%, which is high for Banks stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

If Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria 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 urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. Below, I’ve compiled three pertinent factors you should look at:

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