Attention dividend hunters! Park Electrochemical Corp (NYSE:PKE) will be distributing its dividend of US$0.10 per share on the 06 November 2018, and will start trading ex-dividend in 4 days time on the 01 October 2018. Is this future income a persuasive enough catalyst for investors to think about Park Electrochemical 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.
5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock
When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:
- Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
- Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
- Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
- Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
- Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
Does Park Electrochemical pass our checks?
The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 36.2%, 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 you want to dive deeper into the sustainability of a certain payout ratio, you may wish to consider the cash flow of the business. 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 PKE’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, Park Electrochemical has a yield of 2.0%, which is high for Electronic stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.
If Park Electrochemical is in your portfolio for cash-generating reasons, there may be better alternatives out there. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. 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. Below, I’ve compiled three key factors you should further examine:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for PKE’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for PKE’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is PKE 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 PKE is currently mispriced by the market.
- 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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