Is Vogiatzoglou Systems S.A. (ATH:VOSYS) A Smart Pick For Income Investors?

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Historically, Vogiatzoglou Systems S.A. (ATH:VOSYS) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 7.1%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Vogiatzoglou Systems in more detail.

Check out our latest analysis for Vogiatzoglou Systems

5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock

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

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
ATSE:VOSYS Historical Dividend Yield January 8th 19
ATSE:VOSYS Historical Dividend Yield January 8th 19

How does Vogiatzoglou Systems fare?

The company currently pays out 62% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward.

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. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Not only have dividend payouts from Vogiatzoglou Systems 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.

Compared to its peers, Vogiatzoglou Systems produces a yield of 7.1%, which is high for Trade Distributors stocks.

Next Steps:

Whilst there are few things you may like about Vogiatzoglou Systems from a dividend stock perspective, the truth is that overall it probably is not the best choice for a dividend investor. 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. There are three essential aspects you should further research:

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

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