What To Know Before Buying Z Energy Limited (NZSE:ZEL) For Its Dividend

Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. Historically, Z Energy Limited (NZSE:ZEL) has been paying a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 6.3%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Z Energy in more detail.

Check out our latest analysis for Z Energy

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • 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 it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NZSE:ZEL Historical Dividend Yield January 1st 19
NZSE:ZEL Historical Dividend Yield January 1st 19

How well does Z Energy fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 43% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a higher payout ratio of 94% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of 9.1%. However, EPS is forecasted to fall to NZ$0.52 in the upcoming year. Therefore, although payout is expected to increase, the fall in earnings may not equate to higher dividend income. This also brings about uncertainty around the sustainability of the payout ratio.

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.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Z Energy as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 5 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Relative to peers, Z Energy generates a yield of 6.3%, which is high for Oil and Gas stocks.

Next Steps:

Whilst there are few things you may like about Z Energy 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. I’ve put together three relevant aspects you should look at:

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

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.