Shares of Gunnebo AB (STO:GUNN) will begin trading ex-dividend in 4 days. To qualify for the dividend check of kr0.50 per share, investors must have owned the shares prior to 12 April 2019, which is the last day the company’s management will finalize their list of shareholders to which they will send dividend payments. Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I take a deeper dive into Gunnebo’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend attributes.
5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock
When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:
- Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
- Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
- Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
- Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
- Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
Does Gunnebo pass our checks?
The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 32%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect GUNN’s payout to remain around the same level at 29% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of around 2.8%. Moreover, EPS should increase to SEK2.03.
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 company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.
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 Gunnebo 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.
Compared to its peers, Gunnebo has a yield of 1.8%, which is on the low-side for Commercial Services stocks.
Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in Gunnebo 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, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. Below, I’ve compiled three key factors you should further examine:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for GUNN’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for GUNN’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is GUNN 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 GUNN 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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