On the 21 September 2018, Compagnie Financière Richemont SA (VTX:CFR) will be paying shareholders an upcoming dividend amount of €1.90 per share. However, investors must have bought the company’s stock before 19 September 2018 in order to qualify for the payment. That means you have only 4 days left! Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I examine Compagnie Financière Richemont’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend characteristics.
5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock
Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:
- Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
- Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
- Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
- Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
- Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
How well does Compagnie Financière Richemont fit our criteria?
The company currently pays out 74.8% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 57.1%, leading to a dividend yield of 3.0%. However, EPS should increase to €3.22, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.
When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.
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. Investors have seen reductions in the dividend per share in the past, although, it has picked up again.
Relative to peers, Compagnie Financière Richemont generates a yield of 2.3%, which is high for Luxury stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.
With this in mind, I definitely rank Compagnie Financière Richemont as a strong dividend stock, and makes it worth further research for anyone who likes steady income generation from their portfolio. 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. There are three relevant aspects you should look at:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CFR’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CFR’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is CFR 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 CFR 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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