Why The Toro Company (NYSE:TTC) Should Be In Your Dividend Portfolio

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Could The Toro Company (NYSE:TTC) be an attractive dividend share to own for the long haul? Investors are often drawn to a company for its dividend. Yet sometimes, investors buy a stock for its dividend and lose money because the share price falls by more than they earned in dividend payments.

A 1.2% yield is nothing to get excited about, but investors probably think the long payment history suggests Toro has some staying power. The company also bought back stock during the year, equivalent to approximately 1.5% of the company’s market capitalisation at the time. There are a few simple ways to reduce the risks of buying Toro for its dividend, and we’ll go through these below.

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NYSE:TTC Historical Dividend Yield, April 30th 2019
NYSE:TTC Historical Dividend Yield, April 30th 2019

Payout ratios

Companies (usually) pay dividends out of their earnings. If a company is paying more than it earns, the dividend might have to be cut. So we need to be form a view on if a company’s dividend is sustainable, relative to its net profit after tax. Toro paid out 28% of its profit as dividends, over the trailing twelve month period. A medium payout ratio strikes a good balance between paying dividends, and keeping enough back to invest in the business. Plus, there is room to increase the payout ratio over time.

In addition to comparing dividends against profits, we should inspect whether the company generated enough cash to pay its dividend. Toro’s cash payout ratio in the last year was 29%, which suggests dividends were well covered by cash generated by the business.

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

Dividend Volatility

One of the major risks of relying on dividend income, is the potential for a company to struggle financially and cut its dividend. Not only is your income cut, but the value of your investment declines as well – nasty. For the purpose of this article, we only scrutinise the last decade of Toro’s dividend payments. The dividend has been stable over the past 10 years, which is great. We think this could suggest some resilience to the business and its dividends. During the past ten-year period, the first annual payment was US$0.15 in 2009, compared to US$0.90 last year. Dividends per share have grown at approximately 20% per year over this time.

Dividend Growth Potential

While dividend payments have been relatively reliable, it would also be nice if earnings per share (EPS) were growing, as this is essential to maintaining the dividend’s purchasing power over the long term. It’s good to see Toro has been growing its earnings per share at 17% a year over the past 5 years. A company paying out less than a quarter of its earnings as dividends, and growing earnings at more than 10% per annum, looks to be right in the cusp of its growth phase. At the right price, we might be interested.

Conclusion

Dividend investors should always want to know if a) a company’s dividends are affordable, b) if there is a track record of consistent payments, and c) if the dividend is capable of growing. It’s great to see that Toro is paying out a low percentage of its earnings and cash flow. That said, we were glad to see it growing earnings and paying a fairly consistent dividend. Overall, we think there are a lot of positives to Toro from a dividend perspective.

You can also discover whether shareholders are aligned with insider interests by checking our visualisation of insider shareholdings and trades in Toro stock.

We have also put together a list of global stocks with a market capitalisation above $1bn and yielding more 3%.

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