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Is New Look Vision Group Inc. (TSE:BCI) A Top Dividend Stock?

Chris Amalia

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Dividends can be underrated but they form a large part of investment returns, playing an important role in compounding returns in the long run. Historically, New Look Vision Group Inc. (TSE:BCI) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 2.0%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at New Look Vision Group in more detail.

See our latest analysis for New Look Vision Group

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • 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 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?
TSX:BCI Historical Dividend Yield February 20th 19

Does New Look Vision Group pass our checks?

The company currently pays out 67% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. 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. Not only have dividend payouts from New Look Vision Group fallen over the past 10 years, it has also been highly volatile during this time, with drops of over 25% in some years. These characteristics do not bode well for income investors seeking reliable stream of dividends.

Compared to its peers, New Look Vision Group produces a yield of 2.0%, which is on the low-side for Specialty Retail stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into New Look Vision Group’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just for the dividend. On the other hand, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still be offering 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 pertinent factors you should further examine:

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

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