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Is Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX) An Attractive Dividend Stock?

Jonathon Baker

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A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over time. Historically, Lam Research Corporation (NASDAQ:LRCX) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 2.5%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Lam Research in more detail.

See our latest analysis for Lam Research

How I analyze a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NASDAQGS:LRCX Historical Dividend Yield February 4th 19

Does Lam Research pass our checks?

The company currently pays out 21% 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 payout ratio of 20% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of around 2.5%. Moreover, EPS is forecasted to fall to $13.6 in the upcoming year.

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. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Lam Research as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 5 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Relative to peers, Lam Research generates a yield of 2.5%, which is high for Semiconductor stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

If Lam Research is in your portfolio for cash-generating reasons, there may be better alternatives out there. 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, 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 key factors you should further research:

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