If you are interested in cashing in on G8 Education Limited’s (ASX:GEM) upcoming dividend of AU$0.045 per share, you only have 3 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 13 September 2018, in time for dividends payable on the 05 October 2018. What does this mean for current shareholders and potential investors? Below, I will explain how holding G8 Education can impact your portfolio income stream, by analysing the stock’s most recent financial data and dividend attributes.
How I analyze 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 it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
- Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
- Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
- Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
Does G8 Education pass our checks?
G8 Education has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 125%, meaning the dividend is not sufficiently covered by its earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a more sensible payout ratio of 76.4%, leading to a dividend yield of 8.0%. Moreover, EPS should increase to A$0.19, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.
When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.
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. The reality is that it is too early to consider G8 Education as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 8 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.
Compared to its peers, G8 Education produces a yield of 8.7%, which is high for Consumer Services stocks.
Whilst there are few things you may like about G8 Education from a dividend stock perspective, the truth is that overall it probably is not the best choice for a dividend investor. However, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still offer some interesting investment opportunities. 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 aspects you should further research:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for GEM’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for GEM’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is GEM 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 GEM 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.
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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