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MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ:MTSC): Dividend Is Coming In 3 Days, Should You Buy?

Ingrid Hart

Important news for shareholders and potential investors in MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ:MTSC): The dividend payment of $0.3 per share will be distributed into shareholder on 02 April 2018, and the stock will begin trading ex-dividend at an earlier date, 16 March 2018. Is this future income stream a compelling catalyst for dividend investors to think about the stock as an investment today? Let’s take a look at MTS Systems’s most recent financial data to examine its dividend characteristics in more detail. See our latest analysis for MTS Systems

How I analyze a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five 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 the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
NasdaqGS:MTSC Historical Dividend Yield Mar 12th 18

How does MTS Systems fare?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 40.50%, 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. If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. MTSC has increased its DPS from $0.6 to $1.2 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. Relative to peers, MTS Systems produces a yield of 2.29%, which is high for Electronic stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, MTS Systems 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 recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. I’ve put together three important factors you should look at:

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