Shares of Rapala VMC Corporation (HEL:RAP1V) will begin trading ex-dividend in 2 days. To qualify for the dividend check of €0.03 per share, investors must have owned the shares prior to 29 March 2019, which is the last day the company’s management will finalize their list of shareholders to which they will send dividend payments. What does this mean for current shareholders and potential investors? Below, I will explain how holding Rapala VMC can impact your portfolio income stream, by analysing the stock’s most recent financial data and dividend attributes.
5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock
Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:
- Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
- Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
- Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
- Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
- Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
How well does Rapala VMC fit our criteria?
The company currently pays out 46% 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 RAP1V’s payout to increase to 62% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of around 5.4%. Furthermore, EPS should increase to €0.24. The higher payout forecasted, along with higher earnings, should lead to greater dividend income for investors moving forward.
When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.
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 Rapala VMC have been volatile in the past 10 years, with some years experiencing significant drops of over 25%. This means that dividend hunters should probably steer clear of the stock, at least for now until the track record improves.
Compared to its peers, Rapala VMC produces a yield of 2.0%, which is on the low-side for Leisure stocks.
Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in Rapala VMC for the dividend. 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. I’ve put together three relevant aspects you should further examine:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for RAP1V’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for RAP1V’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is RAP1V 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 RAP1V is currently mispriced by the market.
- 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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