How Does Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) Fare As A Dividend Stock?

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (NYSE:APD) has pleased shareholders over the past 10 years, by paying out dividends. The stock currently pays out a dividend yield of 2.8%, and has a market cap of US$36b. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Air Products and Chemicals in more detail.

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5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NYSE:APD Historical Dividend Yield January 31st 19
NYSE:APD Historical Dividend Yield January 31st 19

How well does Air Products and Chemicals fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 59% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. However, going forward, analysts expect APD’s payout to fall to 49% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of around 3.0%. However, EPS should increase to $8.44, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering 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. APD has increased its DPS from $1.76 to $4.64 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. This is an impressive feat, which makes APD a true dividend rockstar.

Compared to its peers, Air Products and Chemicals generates a yield of 2.8%, which is high for Chemicals stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, Air Products and Chemicals is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. I’ve put together three essential factors you should further examine:

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