Is Harvia Oyj (HEL:HARVIA) A Great Dividend Stock?

A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over time. Harvia Oyj (HEL:HARVIA) has begun paying dividends recently. It now yields 5.9%. Does Harvia Oyj tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

See our latest analysis for Harvia Oyj

How I analyze a dividend stock

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

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% 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 the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
HLSE:HARVIA Historical Dividend Yield, March 24th 2019
HLSE:HARVIA Historical Dividend Yield, March 24th 2019

Does Harvia Oyj pass our checks?

Harvia Oyj has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 91%, meaning the dividend is not sufficiently covered by its earnings. However, going forward, analysts expect HARVIA’s payout to fall into a more sustainable range of 74% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of 6.2%. Moreover, EPS should increase to €0.46, 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. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

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. The reality is that it is too early to consider Harvia Oyj as a dividend investment. Last year was the company’s first dividend payment, so it is certainly early days. The standard practice for reliable payers is to look for 10 or so years of track record.

Compared to its peers, Harvia Oyj generates a yield of 5.9%, which is high for Leisure stocks.

Next Steps:

If you are building an income portfolio, then Harvia Oyj is a complicated choice since it has some positive aspects as well as negative ones. However, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still offer some interesting investment opportunities. 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 relevant factors you should look at:

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