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Should Aquafil SpA (BIT:ECNL) Be Part Of Your Income Portfolio?

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Aquafil SpA (BIT:ECNL) has started paying a dividend to shareholders. It currently trades on a yield of 2.0%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Aquafil should have a place in your portfolio.

View our latest analysis for Aquafil

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • 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 it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
BIT:ECNL Historical Dividend Yield October 9th 18

How well does Aquafil fit our criteria?

Aquafil has a negative payout ratio, meaning that the company is not yet profitable and is paying dividend by dipping into its retained earnings.

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.

Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. The reality is that it is too early to consider Aquafil as a dividend investment. It has only been paying out dividend for the past one year. Generally, the rule of thumb for determining whether a stock is a reliable dividend payer is that it should be consistently paying dividends for the past 10 years or more. Clearly there’s a long road ahead before we can ascertain whether ECNL one as a stable dividend player.

In terms of its peers, Aquafil produces a yield of 2.0%, which is high for Luxury stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Aquafil’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just for the dividend. On the other hand, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still be offering some interesting investment opportunities. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. Below, I’ve compiled three essential factors you should further examine:

  1. Valuation: What is ECNL 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 ECNL is currently mispriced by the market.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Aquafil’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
  3. 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.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.