Investors who want to cash in on Terna – Rete Elettrica Nazionale Società per Azioni’s (BIT:TRN) upcoming dividend of €0.079 per share have only 3 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 19 November 2018, in time for dividends payable on the 21 November 2018. Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I take a deeper dive into Terna – Rete Elettrica Nazionale Società per Azioni’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend attributes.
5 checks you should do on a dividend stock
If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:
- 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?
- Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
How well does Terna – Rete Elettrica Nazionale Società per Azioni fit our criteria?
The company currently pays out 42% 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 a higher payout ratio of 69%, leading to a dividend yield of around 5.2%. In addition to this, EPS should increase to €0.36. The higher payout forecasted, along with higher earnings, should lead to greater dividend income for investors 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.
If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Whilst its per-share payments have increased during the past 10 years, there has been some hiccups. Investors have seen reductions in the dividend per share in the past, although, it has picked up again.
Relative to peers, Terna – Rete Elettrica Nazionale Società per Azioni produces a yield of 4.5%, which is high for Electric Utilities stocks.
Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, Terna – Rete Elettrica Nazionale Società per Azioni is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. 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 relevant aspects you should further research:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for TRN’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for TRN’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is TRN 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 TRN 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.
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.
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