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Neste Oyj (HEL:NESTE): 4 Days To Buy Before The Ex-Dividend Date

Have you been keeping an eye on Neste Oyj’s (HEL:NESTE) upcoming dividend of €0.85 per share payable on the 17 October 2018? Then you only have 4 days left before the stock starts trading ex-dividend on the 09 October 2018. What does this mean for current shareholders and potential investors? Below, I will explain how holding Neste Oyj can impact your portfolio income stream, by analysing the stock’s most recent financial data and dividend attributes.

Check out our latest analysis for Neste Oyj

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

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

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
HLSE:NESTE Historical Dividend Yield October 4th 18

Does Neste Oyj pass our checks?

Neste Oyj has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 44%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect NESTE’s payout to increase to 50% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of 3.0%. Furthermore, EPS should increase to €3.97. The higher payout forecasted, along with higher earnings, should lead to greater dividend income for investors moving forward.

When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.

If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. Although NESTE’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, Neste Oyj produces a yield of 2.4%, which is on the low-side for Oil and Gas stocks.

Next Steps:

With these dividend metrics in mind, I definitely rank Neste Oyj as a strong income stock, and is worth further research for anyone who considers dividends an important part of their portfolio strategy. Given that 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. There are three important factors you should further research:

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