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A top FTSE 250 share I’d buy to target a 10-year second income!

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There’s more to successful income investing than choosing stocks with the biggest dividend yields. Buying FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 stocks with enormous yields for this year could do little for creating a long-term second income if dividends slump beyond this.

More important to me is finding companies that can pay a healthy dividend today and steadily grow it over time. This is why it can be a good idea to invest in stocks that have:

  • Impressive records of earnings growth, helped by things like diversified revenue streams and competitive advantages (or economic moats, an essential quality sought by Warren Buffett)

  • Robust balance sheets (this can include strong cash flows and low debt levels)

  • Long histories of dividend hikes and sustainable payout ratios

  • Resilience to broader economic conditions

With all of this in mind, let me talk you through a FTSE 250 dividend share I think could help me build a brilliant passive income over the next decade: Chemring Group (LSE:CHG).

Defence giant

Purchasing stocks that provide defence technologies could be a shrewd move as the world embarks on a new era of rapid rearmament. Fresh International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) data shows that global defence expenditure soared 9% in 2023 to a record $2.2trn. And the body expects the figure to rise again this year.

Countermeasures manufacturer Chemring is already thriving in this period of renewed Western arms spending. In the 12 months to October 2023, its order intake rose 37% year on year, to £756m. This uptick bodes well for dividends in the current financial year as well: almost 80% of expected revenues for fiscal 2024 are now covered.

Chemring’s share price has rocketed on the back of this demand upswing. But at current prices of 349p, it still carries exceptional value: a forward price-to-earnings growth (PEG) ratio of 0.4 sits well below the accepted value watermark of one.

I’m not put off by the FTSE 250 company’s modest 2.2% dividend yield for this year. I believe the potential for rapid dividend growth — supported by its healthy cash flows and focus on the stable defence sector — makes it a great income stock to own today.

Chemring has grown shareholder dividends rapidly since 2017. Chart created with TradingView

A top dividend stock

It’s important to remember that dividends are never guaranteed. And even Chemring has been known to deliver disappointing dividends in the past. In 2016, for example, the business cut the dividend in response to project delays.

But the company is in better financial health to withstand any such dangers today. Its net debt to underlying EBITDA stood below 0.2 as of October. And the defence market outlook is far stronger now than it was during the mid-2010s.

I think Chemring shares could be an excellent way to make a passive income over the next decade. So I’ll be looking to add it to my own portfolio when I next have cash to invest.

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Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.

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