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Centamin plc (LON:CEY): What You Have To Know Before Buying For The Upcoming Dividend

Seth Doty

Attention dividend hunters! Centamin plc (LON:CEY) will be distributing its dividend of US$0.025 per share on the 28 September 2018, and will start trading ex-dividend in 2 days time on the 30 August 2018. Should you diversify into Centamin 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.

Check out our latest analysis for Centamin

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 paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
LSE:CEY Historical Dividend Yield August 27th 18

How does Centamin fare?

The company currently pays out 106% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is not sufficiently covered by its earnings. However, going forward, analysts expect CEY’s payout to fall into a more sustainable range of 78.8% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of around 6.4%. EPS is also forecasted to fall to $0.097 in the upcoming year. The lower EPS on top of a lower payout ratio will lead to a fall in dividend payment moving forward.

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. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Centamin as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 4 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

In terms of its peers, Centamin has a yield of 8.3%, which is high for Metals and Mining stocks.

Next Steps:

Whilst there are few things you may like about Centamin from a dividend stock perspective, the truth is that overall it probably is not the best choice for a dividend investor. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. 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. There are three key factors you should further examine:

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

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.