How Does BE Semiconductor Industries N.V. (AMS:BESI) Fare As A Dividend Stock?

A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over time. Historically, BE Semiconductor Industries N.V. (AMS:BESI) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 7.5%. Does BE Semiconductor Industries tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

Check out our latest analysis for BE Semiconductor Industries

5 questions I ask before picking 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 consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
ENXTAM:BESI Historical Dividend Yield, March 2nd 2019
ENXTAM:BESI Historical Dividend Yield, March 2nd 2019

How well does BE Semiconductor Industries fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 91% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is not sufficiently covered by its earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a more sensible payout ratio of 90%, which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of around 6.7%. EPS is also forecasted to fall to €1.22 in the upcoming year. The lower EPS on top of a lower payout ratio will lead to a fall in dividend payment moving forward.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view BE Semiconductor Industries as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 8 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

In terms of its peers, BE Semiconductor Industries generates a yield of 7.5%, which is high for Semiconductor stocks.

Next Steps:

Whilst there are few things you may like about BE Semiconductor Industries from a dividend stock perspective, the truth is that overall it probably is not the best choice for a dividend investor. 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. There are three essential factors you should further examine:

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