Why Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADI) Is A Dividend Rockstar

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Could Analog Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADI) be an attractive dividend share to own for the long haul? Investors are often drawn to a company for its dividend. If you are hoping to live on the income from dividends, it’s important to be a lot more stringent with your investments than the average punter.

While Analog Devices’s 1.9% dividend yield is not the highest, we think its lengthy payment history is quite interesting. The company also bought back stock during the year, equivalent to approximately 0.9% of the company’s market capitalisation at the time. There are a few simple ways to reduce the risks of buying Analog Devices for its dividend, and we’ll go through these below.

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NasdaqGS:ADI Historical Dividend Yield, May 1st 2019
NasdaqGS:ADI Historical Dividend Yield, May 1st 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. Looking at the data, we can see that 47% of Analog Devices’s profits were paid out as dividends in the last 12 months. This is medium payout level that leaves enough capital in the business to fund opportunities that might arise, while also rewarding shareholders. One of the risks is that management reinvests the retained capital poorly instead of paying a higher dividend.

Another important check we do is to see if the free cash flow generated is sufficient to pay the dividend. Of the free cash flow it generated last year, Analog Devices paid out 33% as dividends, suggesting the dividend is affordable.

Is Analog Devices’s Balance Sheet Risky?

As Analog Devices has a meaningful amount of debt, we need to check its balance sheet to see if the company might have debt risks. A quick way to check a company’s financial situation uses these two ratios: net debt divided by EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation), and net interest cover. Net debt to EBITDA is a measure of a company’s total debt. Net interest cover measures the ability to meet interest payments on debt. Essentially we check that a) a company does not have too much debt, and b) that it can afford to pay the interest. With net debt of 2.08 times its EBITDA, Analog Devices’s debt burden is within a normal range for most listed companies.

Net interest cover can be calculated by dividing earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) by the company’s net interest expense. Net interest cover of 8.20 times its interest expense appears reasonable for Analog Devices, although we’re conscious that even high interest cover doesn’t make a company bulletproof.

We update our data on Analog Devices every 24 hours, so you can always get our latest analysis of its financial health, 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 Analog Devices’s dividend payments. During this period the dividend has been stable, which could imply the business could have relatively consistent earnings power. During the past ten-year period, the first annual payment was US$0.80 in 2009, compared to US$2.16 last year. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 10% a year over that time.

Dividend Growth Potential

Dividend payments have been consistent over the past few years, but we should always check if earnings per share (EPS) are growing, as this will help maintain the purchasing power of the dividend. Strong earnings per share (EPS) growth might encourage our interest in the company despite fluctuating dividends, which is why it’s great to see Analog Devices has grown its earnings per share at 14% per annum over the past five 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 Analog Devices is paying out a low percentage of its earnings and cash flow. We like that it has been delivering solid earnings growth and relatively consistent dividend payments. Overall, we think there are a lot of positives to Analog Devices from a dividend perspective.

Earnings growth generally bodes well for the future value of company dividend payments. See if the 21 Analog Devices analysts we track are forecasting continued growth with our free report on analyst estimates for the company.

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