Is Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (NASDAQ:PME) A Top Dividend Stock?

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A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over time. Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (NASDAQ:PME) has paid a dividend to shareholders in the last few years. It currently yields 1.9%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Pingtan Marine Enterprise in more detail.

View our latest analysis for Pingtan Marine Enterprise

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:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NASDAQCM:PME Historical Dividend Yield February 20th 19
NASDAQCM:PME Historical Dividend Yield February 20th 19

How does Pingtan Marine Enterprise fare?

Pingtan Marine Enterprise has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 15%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward.

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. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.

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. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Pingtan Marine Enterprise as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 4 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

In terms of its peers, Pingtan Marine Enterprise generates a yield of 1.9%, which is on the low-side for Food stocks.

Next Steps:

Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in Pingtan Marine Enterprise for the dividend. On the other hand, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still be offering some interesting investment opportunities. 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. Below, I’ve compiled three key aspects you should look at:

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