International Personal Finance plc (LON:IPF) Should Be In Your Dividend Portfolio, Here’s Why

International Personal Finance plc (LON:IPF) is a true Dividend Rock Star. Its yield of 6.6% makes it one of the market’s top dividend payer. In the past ten years, International Personal Finance has also grown its dividend from £0.057 to £0.12. Below, I have outlined more attractive dividend aspects for International Personal Finance for income investors who may be interested in new dividend stocks for their portfolio.

Check out our latest analysis for International Personal Finance

What Is A Dividend Rock Star?

It is a stock that pays a stable and consistent dividend, having done so reliably for the past decade with the expectation of this continuing into the future. More specifically:

  • It is paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers
  • It consistently pays out dividend without missing a payment or significantly cutting payout
  • Its has increased its dividend per share amount over the past
  • It can afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings
  • It is able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future

High Yield And Dependable

The company’s dividend yield stands at 6.6%, which is high for Consumer Finance stocks. But the real reason International Personal Finance stands out is because it has a proven track record of continuously paying out this level of dividends, from earnings, to shareholders and can be expected to continue paying in the future. This is a highly desirable trait for a stock holding if you’re investor who wants a robust cash inflow from your portfolio over a long period of time.

LSE:IPF Historical Dividend Yield, March 25th 2019
LSE:IPF Historical Dividend Yield, March 25th 2019

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. IPF has increased its DPS from £0.057 to £0.12 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 37%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a payout ratio of 40% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of around 6.9%. In addition to this, EPS is forecasted to fall to £0.28 in the upcoming year.

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. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.

Next Steps:

International Personal Finance’s strong dividend attributes make it, without a doubt, a stock dividend investors should be considering for their portfolios. However, given 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 pertinent factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for IPF’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for IPF’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is IPF 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 IPF is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there strong dividend payers with better fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

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