Is U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SLCA) A Smart Pick For Income Investors?

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Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. Historically, U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SLCA) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 1.6%. Let’s dig deeper into whether U.S. Silica Holdings should have a place in your portfolio.

Check out our latest analysis for U.S. Silica Holdings

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

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

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NYSE:SLCA Historical Dividend Yield February 20th 19
NYSE:SLCA Historical Dividend Yield February 20th 19

How well does U.S. Silica Holdings fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 15% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a higher payout ratio of 35% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of 1.6%. However, EPS is forecasted to fall to $1.1 in the upcoming year. Therefore, although payout is expected to increase, the fall in earnings may not equate to higher dividend income.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. A business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.

If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view U.S. Silica Holdings as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 6 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

In terms of its peers, U.S. Silica Holdings generates a yield of 1.6%, which is on the low-side for Energy Services stocks.

Next Steps:

If U.S. Silica Holdings is in your portfolio for cash-generating reasons, there may be better alternatives out there. However, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still offer some interesting investment opportunities. 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. I’ve put together three pertinent aspects you should further examine:

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