Is IGE+XAO SA (EPA:IGE) An Attractive Dividend Stock?

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Is IGE+XAO SA (EPA:IGE) a good dividend stock? How can we tell? Dividend paying companies with growing earnings can be highly rewarding in the long term. Yet sometimes, investors buy a stock for its dividend and lose money because the share price falls by more than they earned in dividend payments.

While IGE+XAO's 0.9% dividend yield is not the highest, we think its lengthy payment history is quite interesting. The company also returned around 1.0% of its market capitalisation to shareholders in the form of stock buybacks over the past year. Some simple research can reduce the risk of buying IGE+XAO for its dividend - read on to learn more.

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ENXTPA:IGE Historical Dividend Yield, February 19th 2020

Payout ratios

Dividends are usually paid out of company earnings. If a company is paying more than it earns, then the dividend might become unsustainable - hardly an ideal situation. Comparing dividend payments to a company's net profit after tax is a simple way of reality-checking whether a dividend is sustainable. IGE+XAO paid out 22% of its profit as dividends, over the trailing twelve month period. We'd say its dividends are thoroughly covered by earnings.

While the above analysis focuses on dividends relative to a company's earnings, we do note IGE+XAO's strong net cash position, which will let it pay larger dividends for a time, should it choose.

We update our data on IGE+XAO every 24 hours, so you can always get our latest analysis of its financial health, here.

Dividend Volatility

One of the major risks of relying on dividend income, is the potential for a company to struggle financially and cut its dividend. Not only is your income cut, but the value of your investment declines as well - nasty. IGE+XAO has been paying dividends for a long time, but for the purpose of this analysis, we only examine the past 10 years of payments. The dividend has been stable over the past 10 years, which is great. We think this could suggest some resilience to the business and its dividends. During the past ten-year period, the first annual payment was €0.43 in 2010, compared to €1.55 last year. Dividends per share have grown at approximately 14% per year over this time.

With rapid dividend growth and no notable cuts to the dividend over a lengthy period of time, we think this company has a lot going for it.

Dividend Growth Potential

While dividend payments have been relatively reliable, it would also be nice if earnings per share (EPS) were growing, as this is essential to maintaining the dividend's purchasing power over the long term. IGE+XAO has grown its earnings per share at 6.2% per annum over the past five years. A low payout ratio and strong historical earnings growth suggests IGE+XAO has been effectively reinvesting in its business. We think this generally bodes well for its dividend prospects.

Conclusion

Dividend investors should always want to know if a) a company's dividends are affordable, b) if there is a track record of consistent payments, and c) if the dividend is capable of growing. We're glad to see IGE+XAO has a low payout ratio, as this suggests earnings are being reinvested in the business. Earnings growth has been limited, but we like that the dividend payments have been fairly consistent. IGE+XAO has a credible record on several fronts, but falls slightly short of our standards for a dividend stock.

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