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Should You Buy FW Thorpe Plc (LON:TFW) For Its Dividend?

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A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. Historically, FW Thorpe Plc (LON:TFW) has been paying a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 1.6%. Does FW Thorpe tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

See our latest analysis for FW Thorpe

How I analyze a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
AIM:TFW Historical Dividend Yield, March 18th 2019

How does FW Thorpe fare?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 39%, which means that the dividend is 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.

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. 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. Although TFW’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.

Relative to peers, FW Thorpe generates a yield of 1.6%, which is on the low-side for Electrical stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into FW Thorpe’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just for the dividend. 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, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. There are three pertinent factors you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for TFW’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for TFW’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is TFW 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 TFW is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. 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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