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Should United Overseas Bank Limited (SGX:U11) Be Part Of Your Portfolio?

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A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over time. Historically, United Overseas Bank Limited (SGX:U11) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 4.7%. Let’s dig deeper into whether United Overseas Bank should have a place in your portfolio.

Check out our latest analysis for United Overseas Bank

How I analyze a dividend stock

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
SGX:U11 Historical Dividend Yield, March 4th 2019

How does United Overseas Bank fare?

The company currently pays out 43% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect U11’s payout to increase to 50% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of around 5.3%. In addition to this, EPS should increase to SGD2.5. 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. A business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. 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, United Overseas Bank produces a yield of 4.7%, which is high for Banks stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, United Overseas Bank 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 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 pertinent factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for U11’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for U11’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is U11 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 U11 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.

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