SIG plc (LON:SHI): Ex-Dividend Is In 3 Days, Should You Buy?

Have you been keeping an eye on SIG plc’s (LSE:SHI) upcoming dividend of £0.03 per share payable on the 06 July 2018? Then you only have 3 days left before the stock starts trading ex-dividend on the 07 June 2018. Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I take a deeper dive into SIG’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend attributes. Check out our latest analysis for SIG

5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • 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 its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?

LSE:SHI Historical Dividend Yield Jun 3rd 18
LSE:SHI Historical Dividend Yield Jun 3rd 18

Does SIG pass our checks?

SIG has a negative payout ratio, meaning that the company is not yet profitable and is paying dividend by dipping into its retained earnings. 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 SIG 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. Relative to peers, SIG has a yield of 2.80%, which is high for Trade Distributors stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in SIG 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. There are three fundamental factors you should further research:

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