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Swallowfield plc (LON:SWL): 4 Days To Buy Before The Ex-Dividend Date

On the 07 December 2018, Swallowfield plc (LON:SWL) will be paying shareholders an upcoming dividend amount of UK£0.042 per share. However, investors must have bought the company’s stock before 15 November 2018 in order to qualify for the payment. That means you have only 4 days left! Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I examine Swallowfield’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend characteristics.

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 consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
AIM:SWL Historical Dividend Yield November 10th 18

How well does Swallowfield fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 30% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 27%, leading to a dividend yield of 2.9%.

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. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Whilst its per-share payments have increased during the past 10 years, there has been some hiccups. Shareholders would have seen a few years of reduced payments in this time.

In terms of its peers, Swallowfield produces a yield of 2.4%, which is on the low-side for Personal Products stocks.

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 aspects you should further examine:

  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.

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.