Is Spectra Systems Corporation (LON:SPSC) An Attractive Dividend Stock?

Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. Spectra Systems Corporation (LON:SPSC) has paid a dividend to shareholders in the last few years. It currently yields 4.1%. Does Spectra Systems tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

Check out our latest analysis for Spectra Systems

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

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

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Can it afford 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?
AIM:SPSC Historical Dividend Yield, April 10th 2019
AIM:SPSC Historical Dividend Yield, April 10th 2019

How well does Spectra Systems fit our criteria?

Spectra Systems has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 78%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect SPSC’s payout to increase to 88% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of around 4.4%.

When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. The reality is that it is too early to consider Spectra Systems as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 2 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Relative to peers, Spectra Systems has a yield of 4.1%, which is high for Electronic stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

If you are building an income portfolio, then Spectra Systems is a complicated choice since it has some positive aspects as well as negative ones. 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 essential aspects you should further research:

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