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Is Sanne Group plc (LON:SNN) A Smart Choice For Dividend Investors?

Cameron Brookes

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Sanne Group plc (LON:SNN) has recently paid dividends to shareholders, and currently yields 2.1%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Sanne Group in more detail.

Check out our latest analysis for Sanne Group

5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

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

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • 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?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
LSE:SNN Historical Dividend Yield September 11th 18

How does Sanne Group fare?

The company currently pays out 96.2% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is not well-covered by its earnings. However, going forward, analysts expect SNN’s payout to fall into a more sustainable range of 50.9% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of 2.6%. EPS is also forecasted to fall to £0.11 in the upcoming year. The lower EPS on top of a lower payout ratio will lead to a fall in dividend payment moving forward.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

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 Sanne Group as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 3 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Relative to peers, Sanne Group generates a yield of 2.1%, which is on the low-side for Capital Markets stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Sanne Group’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 relevant factors you should further research:

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

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.