How Does COFACE SA (EPA:COFA) Fare As A Dividend Stock?

Dividends can be underrated but they form a large part of investment returns, playing an important role in compounding returns in the long run. In the last few years COFACE SA (EPA:COFA) has paid a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 4.3%. Let’s dig deeper into whether COFACE should have a place in your portfolio.

See our latest analysis for COFACE

5 checks you should do on 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 it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • 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 have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
ENXTPA:COFA Historical Dividend Yield, March 15th 2019
ENXTPA:COFA Historical Dividend Yield, March 15th 2019

How well does COFACE fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 43% 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 COFA’s payout to increase to 69% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of around 7.4%. In addition to this, EPS should increase to €0.82. The higher payout forecasted, along with higher earnings, should lead to greater dividend income for investors moving forward.

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.

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 COFACE 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.

Relative to peers, COFACE has a yield of 4.3%, which is on the low-side for Insurance stocks.

Next Steps:

Whilst there are few things you may like about COFACE from a dividend stock perspective, the truth is that overall it probably is not the best choice for a dividend investor. 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, 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. Below, I’ve compiled three key aspects you should look at:

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