C&C Group plc (ISE:GCC) is a true Dividend Rock Star. Its yield of 4.1% makes it one of the market's top dividend payer. In the past ten years, C&C Group has also grown its dividend from €0.060 to €0.15. Below, I have outlined more attractive dividend aspects for C&C Group for income investors who may be interested in new dividend stocks for their portfolio.
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What Is A Dividend Rock Star?
It is a stock that pays a stable and consistent dividend, having done so reliably for the past decade with the expectation of this continuing into the future. More specifically:
- Its annual yield is among the top 25% of dividend payers
- It consistently pays out dividend without missing a payment or significantly cutting payout
- Its dividend per share amount has increased over the past
- It can afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings
- It is able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future
High Yield And Dependable
The company's dividend yield stands at 4.1%, which is high for Beverage stocks. But the real reason C&C Group stands out is because it has a proven track record of continuously paying out this level of dividends, from earnings, to shareholders and can be expected to continue paying in the future. This is a highly desirable trait for a stock holding if you're investor who wants a robust cash inflow from your portfolio over a long period of time.
If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it's dividend stocks and their constant income stream. GCC has increased its DPS from €0.060 to €0.15 in the past 10 years. It has also been paying out dividend consistently during this time, as you'd expect for a company increasing its dividend levels. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.
The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 63%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 53% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of around 4.4%. However, EPS should increase to €0.28, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.
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. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.
There aren't many other stocks out there with the same track record as C&C Group, so I would certainly recommend further examining the stock if its dividend characteristics appeal to you. However, given 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 relevant aspects you should further examine:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for GCC’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for GCC’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is GCC 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 GCC is currently mispriced by the market.
- Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there strong dividend payers with better fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.
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