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Is Capgemini SE (EPA:CAP) A Smart Pick For Income Investors?

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Historically, Capgemini SE (EPA:CAP) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 1.6%. Does Capgemini tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

Check out our latest analysis for Capgemini

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • 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?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
ENXTPA:CAP Historical Dividend Yield December 4th 18

How well does Capgemini fit our criteria?

Capgemini has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 38%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. However, going forward, analysts expect CAP’s payout to fall to 30% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of around 1.9%. However, EPS should increase to €5.21, 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 business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. CAP has increased its DPS from €1 to €1.7 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. This is an impressive feat, which makes CAP a true dividend rockstar.

Compared to its peers, Capgemini has a yield of 1.6%, which is on the low-side for IT stocks.

Next Steps:

With these dividend metrics in mind, I definitely rank Capgemini as a strong income stock, and is worth further research for anyone who considers dividends an important part of their portfolio strategy. 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. I’ve put together three key factors you should further research:

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

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.