Investors who want to cash in on NVE Corporation’s (NASDAQ:NVEC) upcoming dividend of US$1.00 per share have only 2 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 01 February 2019, in time for dividends payable on the 28 February 2019. What does this mean for current shareholders and potential investors? Below, I will explain how holding NVE can impact your portfolio income stream, by analysing the stock’s most recent financial data and dividend attributes.
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5 checks you should do on a dividend stock
When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:
- Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
- Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
- Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
- Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
- Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
How well does NVE fit our criteria?
The company currently pays out 125% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is not sufficiently covered by its earnings. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward.
When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.
Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. The reality is that it is too early to consider NVE as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 4 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.
Compared to its peers, NVE produces a yield of 4.2%, which is high for Semiconductor stocks.
Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in NVE for the dividend. On the other hand, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still be offering some interesting investment opportunities. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. Below, I’ve compiled three relevant aspects you should further examine:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for NVEC’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for NVEC’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is NVEC 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 NVEC is currently mispriced by the market.
- 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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