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What To Know Before Buying Métropole Télévision S.A. (EPA:MMT) For Its Dividend

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Métropole Télévision S.A. (EPA:MMT) has pleased shareholders over the past 10 years, by paying out dividends. The company currently pays out a dividend yield of 6.0% to shareholders, making it a relatively attractive dividend stock. Let’s dig deeper into whether Métropole Télévision should have a place in your portfolio.

View our latest analysis for Métropole Télévision

5 questions to ask before buying 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 it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount 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?
ENXTPA:MMT Historical Dividend Yield, March 12th 2019

How does Métropole Télévision fare?

The company currently pays out 72% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect MMT’s payout to remain around the same level at 76% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of 6.1%. Furthermore, EPS is forecasted to fall to €1.37 in the upcoming year.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. The reality facing MMT investors is that whilst it has continued to pay shareholders dividend, dividends are lower today, than they were a decade ago. Though this may not be a serious red flag, strong dividend stocks should always strive to increase its payout over time.

Compared to its peers, Métropole Télévision generates a yield of 6.0%, which is high for Media stocks.

Next Steps:

Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, Métropole Télévision is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. 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. I’ve put together three pertinent aspects you should look at:

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

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

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