Should Investors Buy Aircastle Limited (NYSE:AYR) And Lock In The 5.4% Dividend Yield?

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Over the past 10 years Aircastle Limited (NYSE:AYR) has grown its dividend payouts from $0.40 to $1.12. With a market cap of US$1.6b, Aircastle pays out 44% of its earnings, leading to a 5.4% yield. Let me elaborate on you why the stock stands out for income investors like myself.

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What Is A Dividend Rock Star?

It is a stock that pays a consistent, reliable and competitive dividend over a long period of time, and is expected to continue to pay in the same manner many years to come. More specifically:

  • Its annual yield is among the top 25% of dividend payers
  • It consistently pays out dividend without missing a payment or significantly cutting payout
  • Its dividend per share amount has increased over the past
  • It can afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings
  • It is able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future

High Yield And Dependable

The company’s dividend yield stands at 5.4%, which is high for Trade Distributors stocks. But the real reason Aircastle stands out is because it has a proven track record of continuously paying out this level of dividends, from earnings, to shareholders and can be expected to continue paying in the future. This is a highly desirable trait for a stock holding if you’re investor who wants a robust cash inflow from your portfolio over a long period of time.

NYSE:AYR Historical Dividend Yield February 13th 19
NYSE:AYR Historical Dividend Yield February 13th 19

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. In the case of AYR it has increased its DPS from $0.40 to $1.12 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.

Aircastle has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 44%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a payout ratio of 44% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of 5.7%. Moreover, EPS is forecasted to fall to $2.37 in the upcoming year.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

Next Steps:

Aircastle’s strong dividend attributes make it, without a doubt, a stock dividend investors should be considering for their portfolios. However, given 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 relevant aspects you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for AYR’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for AYR’s outlook.
  2. Historical Performance: What has AYR’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. Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there strong dividend payers with better 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.