If you are interested in cashing in on Wynnstay Group plc’s (LON:WYN) upcoming dividend of UK£0.044 per share, you only have 4 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 27 September 2018, in time for dividends payable on the 31 October 2018. Should you diversify into Wynnstay Group and boost your portfolio income stream? Well, keep on reading because today, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail.
How I analyze a dividend stock
If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:
- Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
- Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
- Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
- Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
- Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
How well does Wynnstay Group fit our criteria?
Wynnstay Group has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 36.9%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect WYN’s payout to remain around the same level at 36.8% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of around 2.9%. In addition to this, EPS should increase to £0.36.
When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. A business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.
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. Whilst its per-share payments have increased during the past 10 years, there has been some hiccups. Shareholders would have seen a few years of reduced payments in this time.
Compared to its peers, Wynnstay Group produces a yield of 2.7%, which is on the low-side for Food stocks.
Taking into account the dividend metrics, Wynnstay Group ticks most of the boxes as a strong dividend investment, putting it in my list of top dividend payers. 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 essential factors you should look at:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for WYN’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for WYN’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is WYN 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 WYN is currently mispriced by the market.
- Other 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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