Read This Before Considering Ternium S.A. (NYSE:TX) For Its Upcoming US$1.20 Dividend

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On the 17 May 2019, Ternium S.A. (NYSE:TX) will be paying shareholders an upcoming dividend amount of US$1.20 per share. However, investors must have bought the company’s stock before 08 May 2019 in order to qualify for the payment. That means you have only 4 days left! What does this mean for current shareholders and potential investors? Below, I will explain how holding Ternium can impact your portfolio income stream, by analysing the stock’s most recent financial data and dividend attributes.

Check out our latest analysis for Ternium

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NYSE:TX Historical Dividend Yield, May 3rd 2019
NYSE:TX Historical Dividend Yield, May 3rd 2019

How well does Ternium fit our criteria?

Ternium has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 16%, 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 around 6.3%. However, EPS is forecasted to fall to $4.48 in the upcoming year. Therefore, although payout is expected to increase, the fall in earnings may not equate to higher dividend income.

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.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. The reality is that it is too early to consider Ternium as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 9 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

In terms of its peers, Ternium has a yield of 4.9%, which is high for Metals and Mining stocks.

Next Steps:

With these dividend metrics in mind, I definitely rank Ternium as a strong income stock, and is worth further research for anyone who considers dividends an important part of their portfolio strategy. 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. There are three pertinent factors you should further research:

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