Read This Before Buying Aegon NV (AMS:AGN) For Its Upcoming €0.14 Dividend

Attention dividend hunters! Aegon NV (AMS:AGN) will be distributing its dividend of €0.14 per share on the 21 September 2018, and will start trading ex-dividend in 2 days time on the 24 August 2018. Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I examine Aegon’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend characteristics.

Check out our latest analysis for Aegon

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

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?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
ENXTAM:AGN Historical Dividend Yield August 21st 18
ENXTAM:AGN Historical Dividend Yield August 21st 18

How does Aegon fare?

Aegon has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 15.44%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a higher payout ratio of 41.14%, leading to a dividend yield of 5.72%. However, EPS is forecasted to fall to €0.63 in the upcoming year. Therefore, although payout is expected to increase, the fall in earnings may not equate to higher dividend income.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Dividend payments from Aegon have been volatile in the past 10 years, with some years experiencing significant drops of over 25%. 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, Aegon generates a yield of 5.37%, which is high for Insurance stocks.

Next Steps:

With these dividend metrics in mind, I definitely rank Aegon as a strong income stock, and is worth further research for anyone who considers dividends an important part of their portfolio strategy. 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 fundamental factors you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for AGN’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for AGN’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is AGN 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 AGN is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other 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.