Know This Before Buying Treatt plc (LON:TET) 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, Treatt plc (LON:TET) has been paying a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 1.1%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Treatt in more detail.

Check out our latest analysis for Treatt

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

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

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
LSE:TET Historical Dividend Yield November 28th 18
LSE:TET Historical Dividend Yield November 28th 18

How does Treatt fare?

Treatt has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 25%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect TET’s payout to increase to 30% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of 1.2%. However, EPS is forecasted to fall to £0.19 in the upcoming year. Therefore, although payout is expected to increase, the fall in earnings may not equate to higher dividend income.

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. 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 Treatt 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.

In terms of its peers, Treatt generates a yield of 1.1%, which is on the low-side for Chemicals stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Treatt’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just 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. I’ve put together three essential factors you should look at:

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