Should You Buy Chemring Group PLC (LON:CHG) For Its Dividend?

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Historically, Chemring Group PLC (LON:CHG) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 1.9%. Does Chemring Group tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

Check out our latest analysis for Chemring Group

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
LSE:CHG Historical Dividend Yield January 1st 19
LSE:CHG Historical Dividend Yield January 1st 19

How does Chemring Group fare?

The current payout ratio for CHG is negative, which is not great.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. Not only have dividend payouts from Chemring Group fallen over the past 10 years, it has also been highly volatile during this time, with drops of over 25% in some years. 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, Chemring Group generates a yield of 1.9%, which is on the low-side for Aerospace & Defense stocks.

Next Steps:

Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in Chemring Group for the dividend. On the other hand, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still be offering some interesting investment opportunities. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. There are three important factors you should further examine:

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

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.