Read This Before Buying Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A. (BIT:SFER) For Its Dividend

A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. Historically, Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A. (BIT:SFER) 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 Salvatore Ferragamo in more detail.

View our latest analysis for Salvatore Ferragamo

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

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

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • 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 the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
BIT:SFER Historical Dividend Yield, March 15th 2019
BIT:SFER Historical Dividend Yield, March 15th 2019

How does Salvatore Ferragamo fare?

Salvatore Ferragamo has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 65%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 56% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of 2.1%. However, EPS should increase to €0.64, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

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’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. The reality is that it is too early to consider Salvatore Ferragamo as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 7 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Relative to peers, Salvatore Ferragamo produces a yield of 1.8%, which is on the low-side for Luxury stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Salvatore Ferragamo’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just for the dividend. On the other hand, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still be offering 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. There are three important factors you should further examine:

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