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Income Investors Should Know The FLSmidth & Co. A/S (CPH:FLS) Ex-Dividend Date

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Investors who want to cash in on FLSmidth & Co. A/S’s (CPH:FLS) upcoming dividend of ø9.00 per share have only 4 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 28 March 2019, in time for dividends payable on the 01 April 2019. Should you diversify into FLSmidth and boost your portfolio income stream? Well, keep on reading because today, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail.

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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 its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Can it afford 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?
CPSE:FLS Historical Dividend Yield, March 23rd 2019

How well does FLSmidth fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 55% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. However, going forward, analysts expect FLS’s payout to fall to 48% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of 4.0%. However, EPS should increase to DKK21.35, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view FLSmidth as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 9 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

In terms of its peers, FLSmidth generates a yield of 3.0%, which is on the low-side for Construction stocks.

Next Steps:

If you are building an income portfolio, then FLSmidth is a complicated choice since it has some positive aspects as well as negative ones. 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 recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. There are three essential factors you should further examine:

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

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