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Does Espey Mfg. & Electronics Corp. (NYSEMKT:ESP) Have A Place In Your Portfolio?

Luis Baughman

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Historically, Espey Mfg. & Electronics Corp. (NYSEMKT:ESP) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 3.8%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Espey Mfg. & Electronics should have a place in your portfolio.

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5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • 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 risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
AMEX:ESP Historical Dividend Yield January 29th 19

Does Espey Mfg. & Electronics pass our checks?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 87%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward.

When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Not only have dividend payouts from Espey Mfg. & Electronics fallen over the past 10 years, it has also been highly volatile during this time, with drops of over 25% in some years. This means that dividend hunters should probably steer clear of the stock, at least for now until the track record improves.

In terms of its peers, Espey Mfg. & Electronics produces a yield of 3.8%, which is high for Electrical stocks.

Next Steps:

If Espey Mfg. & Electronics is in your portfolio for cash-generating reasons, there may be better alternatives out there. 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, 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. I’ve put together three pertinent factors you should further examine:

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