Is It Worth Buying Projektengagemang Sweden AB (publ) (STO:PENG B) For Its 3.3% Dividend Yield?

Is Projektengagemang Sweden AB (publ) (STO:PENG B) a good dividend stock? How would you know? A dividend paying company with growing earnings can be rewarding in the long term. If you are hoping to live on the income from dividends, it’s important to be a lot more stringent with your investments than the average punter.

Projektengagemang Sweden has only been paying a dividend for a year or so, so investors might be curious about its 3.3% yield. There are a few simple ways to reduce the risks of buying Projektengagemang Sweden for its dividend, and we’ll go through these below.

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OM:PENG B Historical Dividend Yield, April 19th 2019
OM:PENG B Historical Dividend Yield, April 19th 2019

Payout ratios

Dividends are usually paid out of company earnings. If a company is paying more than it earns, then the dividend might become unsustainable – hardly an ideal situation. Comparing dividend payments to a company’s net profit after tax is a simple way of reality-checking whether a dividend is sustainable. In the last year, Projektengagemang Sweden paid out 38% of its profit as dividends. This is medium payout level that leaves enough capital in the business to fund opportunities that might arise, while also rewarding shareholders. One of the risks is that management reinvests the retained capital poorly instead of paying a higher dividend.

We also measure dividends paid against a company’s levered free cash flow, to see if enough cash was generated to cover the dividend. Projektengagemang Sweden’s cash payout ratio in the last year was 34%, which suggests dividends were well covered by cash generated by the business.

Consider getting our latest analysis on Projektengagemang Sweden’s financial position here.

Dividend Volatility

Before buying a stock for its income, we want to see if the dividends have been stable in the past, and if the company has a track record of maintaining its dividend. This company has been paying a dividend for less than 2 years, which we think is too soon to consider it a reliable dividend stock. During the past one-year period, the first annual payment was kr0.67 in 2018, compared to kr1.00 last year. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 50% a year over that time.

Projektengagemang Sweden has been growing its dividend quite rapidly, which is exciting. However, the short payment history makes us question whether this performance will persist across a full market cycle.

Dividend Growth Potential

Examining whether the dividend is affordable and stable is important. However, it’s also important to assess if earnings per share (EPS) are growing. Growing EPS can help maintain or increase the purchasing power of the dividend over the long run. Strong earnings per share (EPS) growth might encourage our interest in the company despite fluctuating dividends, which is why it’s great to see Projektengagemang Sweden has grown its earnings per share at 26% per annum over the past three years. Earnings per share have rocketed in recent times, and we like that the company is retaining more than half of its earnings to reinvest. However, always remember that very few companies can grow at double digit rates forever.

We’d also point out that Projektengagemang Sweden issued a meaningful number of new shares in the past year. Regularly issuing new shares can be detrimental – it’s hard to grow dividends per share when new shares are regularly being created.

Conclusion

When we look at a dividend stock, we need to form a judgement on whether the dividend will grow, if the company is able to maintain it in a wide range of economic circumstances, and if the dividend payout is sustainable. Firstly, we like that Projektengagemang Sweden has low and conservative payout ratios. Next, earnings growth has been good, but unfortunately the company has not been paying dividends as long as we’d like. Projektengagemang Sweden performs well under this analysis, although it falls slightly short in some key areas. At the right valuation though, it may still be an interesting prospect.

Now, if you want to look closer, it would be worth checking out our free research on Projektengagemang Sweden management tenure, salary, and performance.

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