Is Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:MXIM) A Great Dividend Stock?

Dividend paying stocks like Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:MXIM) tend to be popular with investors, and for good reason – some research shows that a significant amount of all stock market returns come from reinvested dividends. If you are hoping to live on your dividends, it’s important to be more stringent with your investments than the average punter. Regular readers know we like to apply the same approach to each dividend stock, and we hope you’ll find our analysis useful.

In this case, Maxim Integrated Products likely looks attractive to investors, given its 3.1% dividend yield and a payment history of over ten years. It’s likely that plenty of investors have purchased it for the income. It also bought back stock during the year, equivalent to approximately 3.1% of the company’s market capitalisation at the time. When buying stocks for their dividends, you should always run through the checks below, to see if the dividend looks sustainable.

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NasdaqGS:MXIM Historical Dividend Yield, April 22nd 2019
NasdaqGS:MXIM Historical Dividend Yield, April 22nd 2019

Payout ratios

Dividends are typically paid from company earnings. If a company pays more in dividends than it earned, then the dividend might become unsustainable – hardly an ideal situation. Comparing dividend payments to a company’s net profit after tax is a simple way of reality-checking whether a dividend is sustainable. Looking at the data, we can see that 70% of Maxim Integrated Products’s profits were paid out as dividends in the last 12 months. This is a healthy payout ratio, and while it does limit the amount of earnings that can be reinvested in the business, there is also some room to lift the payout ratio over time.

We also measure dividends paid against a company’s levered free cash flow, to see if enough cash was generated to cover the dividend. Maxim Integrated Products paid out 59% of its cash flow as dividends last year, which does not seem unusual.

We update our data on Maxim Integrated Products every 24 hours, so you can always get our latest analysis of its financial health, here.

Dividend Volatility

From the perspective of an income investor who wants to earn dividends for many years, there is not much point buying a stock if its dividend is regularly cut or is not reliable. For the purpose of this article, we only scrutinise the last decade of Maxim Integrated Products’s dividend payments. The dividend has been stable over the past 10 years, which is great. We think this could suggest some resilience to the business and its dividends. During the past ten-year period, the first annual payment was US$0.80 in 2009, compared to US$1.84 last year. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 8.7% a year over that time.

Dividend Growth Potential

While dividend payments have been relatively stable, it would also be nice if earnings per share (EPS) were growing, as this is essential to maintaining the dividend’s purchasing power over the long term. Strong earnings per share (EPS) growth might encourage our interest in the company despite fluctuating dividends, which is why it’s great to see Maxim Integrated Products has grown its earnings per share at 11% per annum over the past five years. Maxim Integrated Products’s earnings per share have grown rapidly in recent years, although more than half of its profits are being paid out as dividends, which makes us wonder if the company has a limited number of reinvestment opportunities in its business.

Conclusion

When we look at a dividend stock, we need to form a judgement on whether the dividend will grow, if the company is able to maintain it in a wide range of economic circumstances, and if the dividend payout is sustainable. Maxim Integrated Products’s is paying out more than half its income as dividends, but at least the dividend is covered both by reported earnings and cashflow. That said, we were glad to see it growing earnings and paying a fairly consistent dividend. Maxim Integrated Products has a number of positive attributes, but it falls slightly short of our (admittedly high) standards. Were there evidence of a strong moat or an attractive valuation, it could still be well worth a look.

Companies that are growing earnings tend to be the best dividend stocks over the long term. See what the 19 analysts we track are forecasting for Maxim Integrated Products for free with public analyst estimates for the company.

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