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Is Hiolle Industries S.A. (EPA:ALHIO) A Smart Choice For Dividend Investors?

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Dividend paying stocks like Hiolle Industries S.A. (EPA:ALHIO) tend to be popular with investors, and for good reason - some research suggests a significant amount of all stock market returns come from reinvested dividends. Unfortunately, it's common for investors to be enticed in by the seemingly attractive yield, and lose money when the company has to cut its dividend payments.

A high yield and a long history of paying dividends is an appealing combination for Hiolle Industries. We'd guess that plenty of investors have purchased it for the income. Before you buy any stock for its dividend however, you should always remember Warren Buffett's two rules: 1) Don't lose money, and 2) Remember rule #1. We'll run through some checks below to help with this.

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ENXTPA:ALHIO Historical Dividend Yield, October 26th 2019

Payout ratios

Companies (usually) pay dividends out of their earnings. If a company is paying more than it earns, the dividend might have to be cut. So we need to form a view on if a company's dividend is sustainable, relative to its net profit after tax. Looking at the data, we can see that 41% of Hiolle Industries's profits were paid out as dividends in the last 12 months. This is a medium payout level that leaves enough capital in the business to fund opportunities that might arise, while also rewarding shareholders. Besides, if reinvestment opportunities dry up, the company has room to increase the dividend.

Remember, you can always get a snapshot of Hiolle Industries's latest financial position, by checking our visualisation of its financial health.

Dividend Volatility

Before buying a stock for its income, we want to see if the dividends have been stable in the past, and if the company has a track record of maintaining its dividend. For the purpose of this article, we only scrutinise the last decade of Hiolle Industries's dividend payments. This dividend has been unstable, which we define as having fallen by at least 20% one or more times over this time. During the past ten-year period, the first annual payment was €0.19 in 2009, compared to €0.15 last year. The dividend has shrunk at around 2.3% a year during that period. Hiolle Industries's dividend hasn't shrunk linearly at 2.3% per annum, but the CAGR is a useful estimate of the historical rate of change.

We struggle to make a case for buying Hiolle Industries for its dividend, given that payments have shrunk over the past ten years.

Dividend Growth Potential

With a relatively unstable dividend, it's even more important to evaluate if earnings per share (EPS) are growing - it's not worth taking the risk on a dividend getting cut, unless you might be rewarded with larger dividends in future. It's good to see Hiolle Industries has been growing its earnings per share at 38% a year over the past five years. Earnings per share have rocketed in recent times, and we like that the company is retaining more than half of its earnings to reinvest. However, always remember that very few companies can grow at double digit rates forever.

Conclusion

When we look at a dividend stock, we need to form a judgement on whether the dividend will grow, if the company is able to maintain it in a wide range of economic circumstances, and if the dividend payout is sustainable. We're glad to see Hiolle Industries has a low payout ratio, as this suggests earnings are being reinvested in the business. Next, earnings growth has been good, but unfortunately the dividend has been cut at least once in the past. Hiolle Industries has a number of positive attributes, but falls short of our ideal dividend company. It may be worth a look at the right price, though.

You can also discover whether shareholders are aligned with insider interests by checking our visualisation of insider shareholdings and trades in Hiolle Industries stock.

We have also put together a list of global stocks with a market capitalisation above $1bn and yielding more 3%.

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