Dividends can be underrated but they form a large part of investment returns, playing an important role in compounding returns in the long run. Elis SA (EPA:ELIS) has recently paid dividends to shareholders, and currently yields 2.7%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Elis should have a place in your portfolio.
5 questions I ask before picking 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 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?
- Is is able 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 does Elis fare?
Elis has a negative payout ratio, which is usually not ideal.
When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. A business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.
If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Elis as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 3 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.
In terms of its peers, Elis produces a yield of 2.7%, which is on the low-side for Commercial Services stocks.
Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in Elis 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 pertinent factors you should further examine:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ELIS’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ELIS’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is ELIS 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 ELIS 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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