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Important news for shareholders and potential investors in Swallowfield plc (LON:SWL): The dividend payment of UK£0.021 per share will be distributed to shareholders on 24 May 2019, and the stock will begin trading ex-dividend at an earlier date, 02 May 2019. Is this future income a persuasive enough catalyst for investors to think about Swallowfield as an investment today? Below, I'm going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail.

View our latest analysis for Swallowfield

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
AIM:SWL Historical Dividend Yield, April 29th 2019

How does Swallowfield fare?

The company currently pays out 58% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 29% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of around 3.9%.

When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

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. Whilst its per-share payments have increased during the past 10 years, there has been some hiccups. Investors have seen reductions in the dividend per share in the past, although, it has picked up again.

In terms of its peers, Swallowfield produces a yield of 3.4%, which is high for Personal Products stocks but still below the market's top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Keeping in mind the dividend characteristics above, Swallowfield is definitely worth considering for investors looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. 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 essential factors you should further research:

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