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Is Melcor Developments Ltd. (TSE:MRD) A Great Dividend Stock?

Laura Kearns

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Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Historically, Melcor Developments Ltd. (TSE:MRD) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 4.1%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Melcor Developments should have a place in your portfolio.

See our latest analysis for Melcor Developments

5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

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

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
TSX:MRD Historical Dividend Yield, February 22nd 2019

How does Melcor Developments fare?

The company currently pays out 29% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently 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 business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Although MRD’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, Melcor Developments produces a yield of 4.1%, which is high for Real Estate stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Taking all the above into account, Melcor Developments is a complicated pick for dividend investors given that there are a couple of positive things about it as well as negative. 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 recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. There are three pertinent aspects you should further examine:

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