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2 Days Left Before Boliden AB (STO:BOL) Will Be Trading Ex-Dividend

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On the 10 May 2019, Boliden AB (STO:BOL) will be paying shareholders an upcoming dividend amount of kr8.75 per share. However, investors must have bought the company's stock before 06 May 2019 in order to qualify for the payment. That means you have only 2 days left! Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I take a deeper dive into Boliden's latest financial data to analyse its dividend attributes.

See our latest analysis for Boliden

Here's how I find good dividend stocks

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Is is able 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?
OM:BOL Historical Dividend Yield, May 3rd 2019

How well does Boliden fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 33% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a higher payout ratio of 63% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of 4.8%. However, EPS is forecasted to fall to SEK23.34 in the upcoming year. Therefore, although payout is expected to increase, the fall in earnings may not equate to higher dividend income.

When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it's dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Boliden as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 9 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Relative to peers, Boliden generates a yield of 4.8%, which is high for Metals and Mining stocks.

Next Steps:

Keeping in mind the dividend characteristics above, Boliden is definitely worth considering for investors looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. 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. There are three fundamental aspects you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for BOL’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for BOL’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is BOL 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 BOL is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned. Thank you for reading.