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How Does Stolt-Nielsen Limited (OB:SNI) Fare As A Dividend Stock?

Asher Wright

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Historically, Stolt-Nielsen Limited (OB:SNI) has been paying a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 2.9%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Stolt-Nielsen in more detail.

See our latest analysis for Stolt-Nielsen

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
OB:SNI Historical Dividend Yield September 11th 18

Does Stolt-Nielsen pass our checks?

The company currently pays out 22.8% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect SNI’s payout to increase to 42.0% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of 5.5%. In addition to this, EPS should increase to $1.52. The higher payout forecasted, along with higher earnings, should lead to greater dividend income for investors moving forward.

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 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. Dividend payments from Stolt-Nielsen have been volatile in the past 10 years, with some years experiencing significant drops of over 25%. These characteristics do not bode well for income investors seeking reliable stream of dividends.

In terms of its peers, Stolt-Nielsen produces a yield of 2.9%, which is on the low-side for Shipping stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking all the above into account, Stolt-Nielsen is a complicated pick for dividend investors given that there are a couple of positive things about it as well as negative. However, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still offer some interesting investment opportunities. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. Below, I’ve compiled three pertinent factors you should further research:

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