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Does International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A. (LON:IAG) Have A Place In Your Portfolio?

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A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over time. In the last few years International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A. (LON:IAG) has paid a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 5.3%. Does International Consolidated Airlines Group tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

View our latest analysis for International Consolidated Airlines Group

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 it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
LSE:IAG Historical Dividend Yield, March 12th 2019

How well does International Consolidated Airlines Group fit our criteria?

International Consolidated Airlines Group has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 22%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect IAG’s payout to increase to 28% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of 5.7%. However, EPS is forecasted to fall to €1.09 in the upcoming year. Therefore, although payout is expected to increase, the fall in earnings may not equate to higher dividend income.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. 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. The reality is that it is too early to consider International Consolidated Airlines Group as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 3 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

In terms of its peers, International Consolidated Airlines Group produces a yield of 5.3%, which is high for Airlines stocks.

Next Steps:

Keeping in mind the dividend characteristics above, International Consolidated Airlines Group is definitely worth considering for investors looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. 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 fundamental factors you should further research:

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

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