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How Does Performance Technologies S.A. (ATH:PERF) Fare As A Dividend Stock?

Alexis Guardo

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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. Performance Technologies S.A. (ATH:PERF) has started paying a dividend to shareholders. It currently trades on a yield of 1.6%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Performance Technologies in more detail.

See our latest analysis for Performance Technologies

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:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • 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 it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
ATSE:PERF Historical Dividend Yield February 14th 19

Does Performance Technologies pass our checks?

Performance Technologies has a negative payout ratio, which is usually not ideal.

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 company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. The reality is that it is too early to consider Performance Technologies as a dividend investment. It has only been paying out dividend for the past one year. Generally, the rule of thumb for determining whether a stock is a reliable dividend payer is that it should be consistently paying dividends for the past 10 years or more. Clearly there’s a long road ahead before we can ascertain whether PERF one as a stable dividend player.

In terms of its peers, Performance Technologies has a yield of 1.6%, which is high for IT stocks but still below the low risk savings rate.

Next Steps:

Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in Performance Technologies for the dividend. 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 essential aspects you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for PERF’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for PERF’s outlook.
  2. Historical Performance: What has PERF’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  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.