Why Amphenol Corporation (NYSE:APH) Is A Dividend Rockstar

Could Amphenol Corporation (NYSE:APH) be an attractive dividend share to own for the long haul? Investors are often drawn to a company for its dividend. On the other hand, investors have been known to buy a stock because of its yield, and then lose money if the company’s dividend doesn’t live up to expectations.

A slim 0.9% yield is hard to get excited about, but the long payment history is respectable. At the right price, or with strong growth opportunities, Amphenol could have potential. It also bought back stock during the year, equivalent to approximately 2.6% of the company’s market capitalisation at the time. Some simple analysis can offer a lot of insight when buying a company for its dividend, and we’ll go through these below.

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NYSE:APH Historical Dividend Yield, April 22nd 2019
NYSE:APH Historical Dividend Yield, April 22nd 2019

Payout ratios

Companies (usually) pay dividends out of their earnings. If a company is paying more than it earns, the dividend might have to be cut. So we need to be form a view on if a company’s dividend is sustainable, relative to its net profit after tax. Amphenol paid out 22% of its profit as dividends, over the trailing twelve month period. Given the low payout ratio, it is hard to envision the dividend coming under threat, barring a catastrophe.

Another important check we do is to see if the free cash flow generated is sufficient to pay the dividend. Amphenol’s cash payout ratio in the last year was 32%, which suggests dividends were well covered by cash generated by the business.

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

Dividend Volatility

One of the major risks of relying on dividend income, is the potential for a company to struggle financially and cut its dividend. Not only is your income cut, but the value of your investment declines as well – nasty. For the purpose of this article, we only scrutinise the last decade of Amphenol’s dividend payments. During this period the dividend has been stable, which could imply the business could have relatively consistent earnings power. During the past ten-year period, the first annual payment was US$0.03 in 2009, compared to US$0.92 last year. This works out to be a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 41% 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. It’s good to see Amphenol has been growing its earnings per share at 15% a year over the past 5 years. Earnings per share are growing at a solid clip, and the payout ratio is low. We think this is an ideal combination in a dividend stock.

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. First, we like that the company’s dividend payments appear well covered, although the retained capital also needs to be effectively reinvested. We like that it has been delivering solid earnings growth and relatively consistent dividend payments. Amphenol has met all of our criteria, including having strong cash flow that covers the dividend. We definitely think it could be worth looking closer.

Companies that are growing earnings tend to be the best dividend stocks over the long term. See what the 11 analysts we track are forecasting for Amphenol for free with public analyst estimates for the company.

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