Should You Buy Himax Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:HIMX) For Its 2.9% Dividend?

Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. Historically, Himax Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:HIMX) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 2.9%. Does Himax Technologies tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

Check out our latest analysis for Himax Technologies

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

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

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NasdaqGS:HIMX Historical Dividend Yield January 8th 19
NasdaqGS:HIMX Historical Dividend Yield January 8th 19

How well does Himax Technologies fit our criteria?

Himax Technologies has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 72%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect HIMX’s payout to increase to 99% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of around 6.9%. Furthermore, EPS should increase to $0.14. The higher payout forecasted, along with higher earnings, should lead to greater dividend income for investors moving forward. However this does bring about uncertainty around the sustainability of the payout ratio.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. A business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Dividend payments from Himax Technologies have been volatile in the past 10 years, with some years experiencing significant drops of over 25%. This means that dividend hunters should probably steer clear of the stock, at least for now until the track record improves.

Compared to its peers, Himax Technologies has a yield of 2.9%, which is high for Semiconductor stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Himax Technologies’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just for the dividend. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. 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. Below, I’ve compiled three relevant factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for HIMX’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for HIMX’s outlook.
  2. Historical Performance: What has HIMX’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  3. Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

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.