Dividends can be underrated but they form a large part of investment returns, playing an important role in compounding returns in the long run. AVANGARD Joint Stock BANK (MCX:AVAN) has begun paying dividends recently. It now yields 1.2%. Does AVANGARD BANK tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.
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5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock
Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:
- Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
- Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
- Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
- Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
- Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
How well does AVANGARD BANK fit our criteria?
The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 8.9%, which means that the dividend is 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.
If you want to dive deeper into the sustainability of a certain payout ratio, you may wish to consider the cash flow of the business. A business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.
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 AVANGARD BANK as a dividend investment. Last year was the company’s first dividend payment, so it is certainly early days. The standard practice for reliable payers is to look for 10 or so years of track record.
Compared to its peers, AVANGARD BANK generates a yield of 1.2%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.
After digging a little deeper into AVANGARD BANK’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. There are three key aspects you should further research:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for AVAN’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for AVAN’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is AVAN 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 AVAN is currently mispriced by the market.
- 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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