Should You Buy NVE Corporation (NASDAQ:NVEC) For Its Dividend?

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. In the last few years NVE Corporation (NASDAQ:NVEC) has paid a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 4.1%. Let’s dig deeper into whether NVE should have a place in your portfolio.

View our latest analysis for NVE

5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock

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

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NasdaqCM:NVEC Historical Dividend Yield, March 16th 2019
NasdaqCM:NVEC Historical Dividend Yield, March 16th 2019

Does NVE pass our checks?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for NVEC is 125%, 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.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view 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.

In terms of its peers, NVE generates a yield of 4.1%, which is high for Semiconductor stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into NVE’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just 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, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. There are three pertinent factors you should further examine:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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