Silverlake Axis Ltd (SGX:5CP) has pleased shareholders over the past 10 years, by paying out dividends. The company currently pays out a dividend yield of 7.0% to shareholders, making it a relatively attractive dividend stock. Does Silverlake Axis tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.
5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock
When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:
- Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
- Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
- Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
- Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
- Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
How well does Silverlake Axis fit our criteria?
The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 70%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect 5CP’s payout to remain around the same level at 73% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of around 5.5%. Furthermore, EPS should increase to MYR0.078.
When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering 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.
Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. Although 5CP’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.
Relative to peers, Silverlake Axis produces a yield of 7.0%, which is high for Software stocks.
Keeping in mind the dividend characteristics above, Silverlake Axis is definitely worth considering for investors looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. 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. I’ve put together three essential aspects you should further examine:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for 5CP’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for 5CP’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is 5CP 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 5CP is currently mispriced by the market.
- Other 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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