Investors who want to cash in on Embelton Limited’s (ASX:EMB) upcoming dividend of AU$0.30 per share have only 4 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 18 September 2018, in time for dividends payable on the 05 October 2018. Is this future income a persuasive enough catalyst for investors to think about Embelton as an investment today? Below, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail.
5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock
When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:
- Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
- Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
- Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
- Can it afford 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?
Does Embelton pass our checks?
Embelton has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 38.5%, 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.
When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. A business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.
Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. Although EMB’s per share payments have increased in the past 10 years, it has not been a completely smooth ride. Investors have seen reductions in the dividend per share in the past, although, it has picked up again.
Compared to its peers, Embelton has a yield of 3.7%, which is high for Building stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.
If you are building an income portfolio, then Embelton is a complicated choice since it has some positive aspects as well as negative ones. 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 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 relevant aspects you should further research:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for EMB’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for EMB’s outlook.
- Historical Performance: What has EMB’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.
- 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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