Have you been keeping an eye on Fresnillo PLC's (LON:FRES) upcoming dividend of US$0.17 per share payable on the 24 May 2019? Then you only have 1 days left before the stock starts trading ex-dividend on the 25 April 2019. Is this future income a persuasive enough catalyst for investors to think about Fresnillo as an investment today? Below, I'm going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail.
How I analyze a dividend stock
Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:
- Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
- Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
- Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
- Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
- Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
How does Fresnillo fare?
The company currently pays out 58% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 48% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of around 2.7%. Moreover, EPS is also forecasted to fall to $0.46 in the upcoming year. The lower EPS on top of a lower payout ratio will lead to a fall in dividend payment moving forward.
When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.
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. Although FRES'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.
Relative to peers, Fresnillo has a yield of 2.7%, which is on the low-side for Metals and Mining stocks.
Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, Fresnillo is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. 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 fundamental factors you should further research:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for FRES’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for FRES’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is FRES 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 FRES is currently mispriced by the market.
- Other 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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