Chemring Group PLC (LON:CHG) Is Yielding 2.1% – But Is It A Buy?

Is Chemring Group PLC (LON:CHG) a good dividend stock? How would you know? Dividend paying companies with growing earnings can be highly rewarding in the long term. On the other hand, investors have been known to buy a stock because of its yield, and then lose money if the company’s dividend doesn’t live up to expectations.

A slim 2.1% yield is hard to get excited about, but the long payment history is respectable. At the right price, or with strong growth opportunities, Chemring Group could have potential. Before you buy any stock for its dividend however, you should always remember Warren Buffett’s two rules: 1) Don’t lose money, and 2) Remember rule #1. We’ll run through some checks below to help with this.

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LSE:CHG Historical Dividend Yield, May 21st 2019
LSE:CHG Historical Dividend Yield, May 21st 2019

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Payout ratios

Dividends are usually paid out of company earnings. If a company is paying more than it earns, then the dividend might become unsustainable – hardly an ideal situation. Comparing dividend payments to a company’s net profit after tax is a simple way of reality-checking whether a dividend is sustainable. Although it reported a loss over the past 12 months, Chemring Group currently pays a dividend. When a company is loss-making, we next need to check to see if its cash flows can support the dividend.

Chemring Group paid out 63% of its cash flow as dividends last year, which is within a reasonable range for the average corporation.

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Dividend Volatility

Before buying a stock for its income, we want to see if the dividends have been stable in the past, and if the company has a track record of maintaining its dividend. Chemring Group has been paying dividends for a long time, but for the purpose of this analysis, we only examine the past 10 years of payments. The dividend has been cut by more than 20% on at least one occasion historically. During the past ten-year period, the first annual payment was UK£0.078 in 2009, compared to UK£0.033 last year. The dividend has shrunk at around 8.2% a year during that period. Chemring Group’s dividend hasn’t shrunk linearly at -8.2% per annum, but the CAGR is a useful estimate of the historical rate of change.

Dividend Growth Potential

With a relatively unstable dividend, and a poor history of shrinking dividends, it’s even more important to see if EPS are growing. It’s good to see Chemring Group has been growing its earnings per share at 52% a year over the past 5 years.

Conclusion

When we look at a dividend stock, we need to form a judgement on whether the dividend will grow, if the company is able to maintain it in a wide range of economic circumstances, and if the dividend payout is sustainable. We’re not keen on the fact that Chemring Group paid dividends despite reporting a loss over the past year, although fortunately its dividend was covered by cash flow. We were also glad to see it growing earnings, but it was concerning to see the dividend has been cut at least once in the past. While we’re not hugely bearish on it, overall we think there are potentially better dividend stocks than Chemring Group out there.

Companies that are growing earnings tend to be the best dividend stocks over the long term. See what the 5 analysts we track are forecasting for Chemring Group for free with public analyst estimates for the company.

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