Should You Buy KLA Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC) For Its Upcoming Dividend In 3 Days?

KLA Corporation (NASDAQ:KLAC) stock is about to trade ex-dividend in 3 days time. Investors can purchase shares before the 20th of February in order to be eligible for this dividend, which will be paid on the 5th of March.

KLA’s next dividend payment will be US$0.85 per share, on the back of last year when the company paid a total of US$3.40 to shareholders. Looking at the last 12 months of distributions, KLA has a trailing yield of approximately 1.9% on its current stock price of $176.28. If you buy this business for its dividend, you should have an idea of whether KLA’s dividend is reliable and sustainable. That’s why we should always check whether the dividend payments appear sustainable, and if the company is growing.

See our latest analysis for KLA

Dividends are typically paid out of company income, so if a company pays out more than it earned, its dividend is usually at a higher risk of being cut. Fortunately KLA’s payout ratio is modest, at just 43% of profit. Yet cash flows are even more important than profits for assessing a dividend, so we need to see if the company generated enough cash to pay its distribution. Fortunately, it paid out only 40% of its free cash flow in the past year.

It’s encouraging to see that the dividend is covered by both profit and cash flow. This generally suggests the dividend is sustainable, as long as earnings don’t drop precipitously.

Click here to see the company’s payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.

NasdaqGS:KLAC Historical Dividend Yield, February 16th 2020
NasdaqGS:KLAC Historical Dividend Yield, February 16th 2020

Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

Companies with consistently growing earnings per share generally make the best dividend stocks, as they usually find it easier to grow dividends per share. If business enters a downturn and the dividend is cut, the company could see its value fall precipitously. Fortunately for readers, KLA’s earnings per share have been growing at 15% a year for the past five years. Earnings per share are growing rapidly and the company is keeping more than half of its earnings within the business; an attractive combination which could suggest the company is focused on reinvesting to grow earnings further. Fast-growing businesses that are reinvesting heavily are enticing from a dividend perspective, especially since they can often increase the payout ratio later.

Many investors will assess a company’s dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. KLA has delivered 19% dividend growth per year on average over the past ten years. It’s great to see earnings per share growing rapidly over several years, and dividends per share growing right along with it.

Final Takeaway

Is KLA worth buying for its dividend? We love that KLA is growing earnings per share while simultaneously paying out a low percentage of both its earnings and cash flow. These characteristics suggest the company is reinvesting in growing its business, while the conservative payout ratio also implies a reduced risk of the dividend being cut in the future. KLA looks solid on this analysis overall, and we’d definitely consider investigating it more closely.

Wondering what the future holds for KLA? See what the 16 analysts we track are forecasting, with this visualisation of its historical and future estimated earnings and cash flow

We wouldn’t recommend just buying the first dividend stock you see, though. Here’s a list of interesting dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

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