Should You Buy Wilmar International Limited (SGX:F34) For Its Dividend?

Dividends can be underrated but they form a large part of investment returns, playing an important role in compounding returns in the long run. Over the past 10 years, Wilmar International Limited (SGX:F34) has returned an average of 2.00% per year to shareholders in terms of dividend yield. Let’s dig deeper into whether Wilmar International should have a place in your portfolio.

View our latest analysis for Wilmar International

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
SGX:F34 Historical Dividend Yield August 3rd 18
SGX:F34 Historical Dividend Yield August 3rd 18

How well does Wilmar International fit our criteria?

Wilmar International has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 43.79%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 38.40%, leading to a dividend yield of 3.47%. However, EPS should increase to $0.19, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Although F34’s per share payments have increased in the past 10 years, it has not been a completely smooth ride. Shareholders would have seen a few years of reduced payments in this time.

In terms of its peers, Wilmar International produces a yield of 3.20%, which is high for Food stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, Wilmar International is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. 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 relevant aspects you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for F34’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for F34’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is F34 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 F34 is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other 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.