Is John Wood Group PLC (LON:WG.) A Smart Pick For Income Investors?

Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. In the past 10 years John Wood Group PLC (LSE:WG.) has returned an average of 2.00% per year to investors in the form of dividend payouts. Let’s dig deeper into whether John Wood Group should have a place in your portfolio. See our latest analysis for John Wood Group

How I analyze a dividend stock

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

  • 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 it able 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:WG. Historical Dividend Yield May 16th 18
LSE:WG. Historical Dividend Yield May 16th 18

How well does John Wood Group fit our criteria?

The current payout ratio for WG. is negative, which means that it is loss-making, and paying its dividend from 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. Although WG.’s per share payments have increased in the past 10 years, it has not been a completely smooth ride. Investors have seen reductions in the dividend per share in the past, although, it has picked up again. Relative to peers, John Wood Group has a yield of 3.54%, which is high for Energy Services stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Taking all the above into account, John Wood Group is a complicated pick for dividend investors given that there are a couple of positive things about it as well as negative. However, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still offer some interesting investment opportunities. 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. Below, I’ve compiled three important aspects you should look at:

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