Should You Buy McBride plc (LON:MCB) For Its Dividend?

A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. Historically, McBride plc (LON:MCB) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 4.4%. Does McBride tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

Check out our latest analysis for McBride

5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is is 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:MCB Historical Dividend Yield, March 25th 2019
LSE:MCB Historical Dividend Yield, March 25th 2019

How does McBride fare?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 41%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. However, going forward, analysts expect MCB’s payout to fall to 32% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of around 5.0%. However, EPS should increase to £0.12, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Dividend payments from McBride have been volatile in the past 10 years, with some years experiencing significant drops of over 25%. These characteristics do not bode well for income investors seeking reliable stream of dividends.

In terms of its peers, McBride produces a yield of 4.4%, which is high for Household Products stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Taking all the above into account, McBride 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. There are three relevant factors you should look at:

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

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