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What To Know Before Buying Telford Homes Plc (LON:TEF) For Its Dividend

A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over time. Historically, Telford Homes Plc (LON:TEF) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 4.1%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Telford Homes in more detail.

Check out our latest analysis for Telford Homes

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:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
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How well does Telford Homes fit our criteria?

Telford Homes has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 34%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a payout ratio of 34%, leading to a dividend yield of around 4.9%. Moreover, EPS should increase to £0.56.

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 dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. Although TEF’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.

In terms of its peers, Telford Homes generates a yield of 4.1%, which is on the low-side for Consumer Durables stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, Telford Homes 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, 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 pertinent factors you should further examine:

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