Is Neste Oyj (HEL:NESTE) An Attractive Dividend Stock?

A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. Historically, Neste Oyj (HEL:NESTE) has been paying a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 2.4%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Neste Oyj should have a place in your portfolio.

See our latest analysis for Neste Oyj

How I analyze a dividend stock

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% 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:NESTE Historical Dividend Yield, March 27th 2019
HLSE:NESTE Historical Dividend Yield, March 27th 2019

Does Neste Oyj pass our checks?

The company currently pays out 75% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 51% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of 3.0%. However, EPS should increase to €5.17, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Whilst its per-share payments have increased during the past 10 years, there has been some hiccups. Shareholders would have seen a few years of reduced payments in this time.

Compared to its peers, Neste Oyj generates a yield of 2.4%, which is on the low-side for Oil and Gas stocks.

Next Steps:

Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, Neste Oyj is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. There are three key factors you should further research:

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