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Should Iren SpA (BIT:IRE) Be Part Of Your Dividend Portfolio?

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Iren SpA (BIT:IRE) has pleased shareholders over the past 10 years, by paying out dividends. The company currently pays out a dividend yield of 3.1% to shareholders, making it a relatively attractive dividend stock. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Iren in more detail.

Check out our latest analysis for Iren

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • 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 it increased its dividend per share amount 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?
BIT:IRE Historical Dividend Yield, March 18th 2019

Does Iren pass our checks?

The company currently pays out 31% 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 IRE’s payout to increase to 52% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of around 4.9%. However, EPS is forecasted to fall to €0.20 in the upcoming year. Therefore, although payout is expected to increase, the fall in earnings may not equate to higher dividend income.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. In the case of IRE it has increased its DPS from €0.012 to €0.070 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.

Compared to its peers, Iren produces a yield of 3.1%, which is on the low-side for Integrated Utilities stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, Iren ticks most of the boxes as a strong dividend investment, putting it in my list of top dividend payers. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. There are three pertinent aspects you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for IRE’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for IRE’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is IRE 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 IRE is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other 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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