Is Aptitude Software Group plc (LON:APTD) A Smart Choice For Dividend Investors?

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Historically, Aptitude Software Group plc (LON:APTD) has been paying a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 1.8%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Aptitude Software Group in more detail.

View our latest analysis for Aptitude Software Group

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

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

  • 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 the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
LSE:APTD Historical Dividend Yield, April 5th 2019
LSE:APTD Historical Dividend Yield, April 5th 2019

How does Aptitude Software Group fare?

Aptitude Software Group has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 29%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect APTD’s payout to increase to 33% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of 2.0%. However, EPS is forecasted to fall to £0.16 in the upcoming year. Therefore, although payout is expected to increase, the fall in earnings may not equate to higher dividend income.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. A business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Whilst its per-share payments have increased during the past 10 years, there has been some hiccups. Shareholders would have seen a few years of reduced payments in this time.

In terms of its peers, Aptitude Software Group generates a yield of 1.8%, which is on the low-side for Software stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking all the above into account, Aptitude Software Group is a complicated pick for dividend investors given that there are a couple of positive things about it as well as negative. 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 urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. Below, I’ve compiled three important factors you should further research:

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