Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. Historically, Low Keng Huat (Singapore) Limited (SGX:F1E) has been paying a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 3.6%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Low Keng Huat (Singapore) should have a place in your portfolio.
5 questions I ask before picking 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?
- Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
- Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
- Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
- Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
How does Low Keng Huat (Singapore) fare?
The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 80.6%, 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.
When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. 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. Although F1E’s per share payments have increased in the past 10 years, it has not been a completely smooth ride. Shareholders would have seen a few years of reduced payments in this time.
Compared to its peers, Low Keng Huat (Singapore) produces a yield of 3.6%, which is high for Construction stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.
Whilst there are few things you may like about Low Keng Huat (Singapore) from a dividend stock perspective, the truth is that overall it probably is not the best choice for a dividend investor. 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 pertinent factors you should look at:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for F1E’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for F1E’s outlook.
- Historical Performance: What has F1E’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
- 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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