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What To Know Before Buying Auckland International Airport Limited (NZSE:AIA) For Its Dividend

Audra Newberry

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Historically, Auckland International Airport Limited (NZSE:AIA) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 2.9%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Auckland International Airport should have a place in your portfolio.

See our latest analysis for Auckland International Airport

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

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 it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NZSE:AIA Historical Dividend Yield January 28th 19

How does Auckland International Airport fare?

The company currently pays out 40% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a higher payout ratio of 99% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of around 3.1%. However, EPS is forecasted to fall to NZ$0.23 in the upcoming year. Therefore, although payout is expected to increase, the fall in earnings may not equate to higher dividend income. This also brings about uncertainty around the sustainability of the payout ratio.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. 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. In the case of AIA it has increased its DPS from NZ$0.091 to NZ$0.22 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.

Relative to peers, Auckland International Airport has a yield of 2.9%, which is on the low-side for Infrastructure stocks.

Next Steps:

If you are building an income portfolio, then Auckland International Airport 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, 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 relevant aspects you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for AIA’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for AIA’s outlook.
  2. Historical Performance: What has AIA’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.
  3. 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.