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Does Silvercorp Metals Inc. (TSE:SVM) Have A Place In Your Dividend Stock Portfolio?

Donald Bartholomew

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Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Historically, Silvercorp Metals Inc. (TSE:SVM) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 1.1%. Does Silvercorp Metals tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

See our latest analysis for Silvercorp Metals

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

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

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased 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?
TSX:SVM Historical Dividend Yield February 12th 19

Does Silvercorp Metals pass our checks?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 9.6%, which means that the dividend is 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.

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 business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Not only have dividend payouts from Silvercorp Metals 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.

Compared to its peers, Silvercorp Metals generates a yield of 1.1%, which is on the low-side for Metals and Mining stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Silvercorp Metals’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just 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 fundamental aspects you should further research:

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