Is SoftTech Engineers Limited (NSE:SOFTTECH) 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. SoftTech Engineers Limited (NSE:SOFTTECH) has begun paying dividends recently. It now yields 1.1%. Does SoftTech Engineers tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

Check out our latest analysis for SoftTech Engineers

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown 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?
NSEI:SOFTTECH Historical Dividend Yield October 20th 18
NSEI:SOFTTECH Historical Dividend Yield October 20th 18

Does SoftTech Engineers pass our checks?

SoftTech Engineers has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 5.2%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently 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.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view SoftTech Engineers as a dividend investment. It has only been paying out dividend for the past one year. Generally, the rule of thumb for determining whether a stock is a reliable dividend payer is that it should be consistently paying dividends for the past 10 years or more. Clearly there’s a long road ahead before we can ascertain whether SOFTTECH one as a stable dividend player.

Compared to its peers, SoftTech Engineers produces a yield of 1.1%, which is on the low-side for Software stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into SoftTech Engineers’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 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 key factors you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for SOFTTECH’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for SOFTTECH’s outlook.
  2. Historical Performance: What has SOFTTECH’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  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.