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Is Iren SpA (BIT:IRE) A Smart Choice For Dividend Investors?

Ricardo Landis

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Historically, Iren SpA (BIT:IRE) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 3.2%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Iren in more detail.

View our latest analysis for Iren

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
BIT:IRE Historical Dividend Yield August 27th 18

How well does Iren fit our criteria?

Iren has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 32.0%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect IRE’s payout to increase to 45.8% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of around 4.2%. 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.

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. Whilst its per-share payments have increased during the past 10 years, there has been some hiccups. Investors have seen reductions in the dividend per share in the past, although, it has picked up again.

Relative to peers, Iren produces a yield of 3.2%, which is on the low-side for Integrated Utilities stocks.

Next Steps:

With this in mind, I definitely rank Iren as a strong dividend stock, and makes it worth further research for anyone who likes steady income generation from their portfolio. 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. Below, I’ve compiled three fundamental aspects you should further examine:

  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.

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.