Attention dividend hunters! Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) will be distributing its dividend of US$0.80 per share on the 12 December 2018, and will start trading ex-dividend in 4 days time on the 19 November 2018. What does this mean for current shareholders and potential investors? Below, I will explain how holding Valero Energy can impact your portfolio income stream, by analysing the stock’s most recent financial data and dividend attributes.
5 checks you should do on a dividend stock
When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:
- Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
- Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
- Has dividend per share amount increased 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 Valero Energy fit our criteria?
Valero Energy has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 29%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a payout ratio of 29%, leading to a dividend yield of around 4.1%. In addition to this, EPS is forecasted to fall to $8.89 in the upcoming year.
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 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. Whilst its per-share payments have increased during the past 10 years, there has been some hiccups. Shareholders would have seen a few years of reduced payments in this time.
Relative to peers, Valero Energy generates a yield of 3.7%, which is high for Oil and Gas stocks.
Keeping in mind the dividend characteristics above, Valero Energy is definitely worth considering for investors 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. Below, I’ve compiled three important aspects you should further examine:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for VLO’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for VLO’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is VLO 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 VLO 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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