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What Makes Victrex plc (LON:VCT) A Great Dividend Stock?

Frank Brewer

Victrex plc (LON:VCT) is a true Dividend Rock Star. Its yield of 6.3% makes it one of the market’s top dividend payer. In the past ten years, Victrex has also grown its dividend from £0.18 to £1.42. Below, I have outlined more attractive dividend aspects for Victrex for income investors who may be interested in new dividend stocks for their portfolio.

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What Is A Dividend Rock Star?

It is a stock that pays a reliable and steady dividend over the past decade, at a rate that is competitive relative to the other dividend-paying companies on the market. More specifically:

  • Its annual yield is among the top 25% of dividend payers
  • It has paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past
  • Its dividend per share amount has increased over the past
  • It is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings
  • It is able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future

High Yield And Dependable

Victrex’s dividend yield stands at 6.3%, which is high for Chemicals stocks. But the real reason Victrex stands out is because it has a high chance of being able to continue to pay dividend at this level for years to come, something that is quite desirable if you are looking to create a portfolio that generates a steady stream of income.

LSE:VCT Historical Dividend Yield December 21st 18

Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. In the case of VCT it has increased its DPS from £0.18 to £1.42 in the past 10 years. It has also been paying out dividend consistently during this time, as you’d expect for a company increasing its dividend levels. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 46%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a higher payout ratio of 75% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of around 5.0%. In addition to this, EPS should increase to £1.29. The higher payout forecasted, along with higher earnings, should lead to greater dividend income for investors 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.

Next Steps:

With Victrex producing strong dividend income for your portfolio over the past few years, you can take comfort in knowing that this stock will still continue to be a top dividend generator moving forward. However, given 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 essential factors you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for VCT’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for VCT’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is VCT 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 VCT is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there strong dividend payers with better 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.