Is Singapore Airlines Limited (SGX:C6L) A Good Dividend Stock?

A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over time. Historically, Singapore Airlines Limited (SGX:C6L) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 4.1%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Singapore Airlines in more detail.

Check out our latest analysis for Singapore Airlines

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:

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
SGX:C6L Historical Dividend Yield, April 1st 2019
SGX:C6L Historical Dividend Yield, April 1st 2019

Does Singapore Airlines pass our checks?

Singapore Airlines has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 127%, meaning the dividend is not sufficiently covered by its earnings. However, going forward, analysts expect C6L’s payout to fall into a more sustainable range of 52% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of around 3.6%. Furthermore, EPS should increase to SGD0.66, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

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. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

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. Not only have dividend payouts from Singapore Airlines fallen over the past 10 years, it has also been highly volatile during this time, with drops of over 25% in some years. This means that dividend hunters should probably steer clear of the stock, at least for now until the track record improves.

Relative to peers, Singapore Airlines generates a yield of 4.1%, which is high for Airlines stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Singapore Airlines’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, 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 essential aspects you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for C6L’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for C6L’s outlook.
  2. Historical Performance: What has C6L’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  3. 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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