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Is Basler Aktiengesellschaft (ETR:BSL) An Attractive Dividend Stock?

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Dividends can be underrated but they form a large part of investment returns, playing an important role in compounding returns in the long run. Historically, Basler Aktiengesellschaft (ETR:BSL) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 1.3%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Basler should have a place in your portfolio.

Check out our latest analysis for Basler

How I analyze a dividend stock

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

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
XTRA:BSL Historical Dividend Yield, March 19th 2019

How does Basler fare?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 35%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 30% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of around 1.2%. Moreover, EPS is also forecasted to fall to €5.57 in the upcoming year. The lower EPS on top of a lower payout ratio will lead to a fall in dividend payment moving forward.

If you want to dive deeper into the sustainability of a certain payout ratio, you may wish to consider the cash flow of the business. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.

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 Basler as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 8 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Relative to peers, Basler produces a yield of 1.3%, which is high for Electronic stocks but still below the low risk savings rate.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Basler’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. Below, I’ve compiled three fundamental factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for BSL’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for BSL’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is BSL 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 BSL 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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