Sensata Technologies Holding (NYSE:ST) Is Due To Pay A Dividend Of $0.12
Sensata Technologies Holding plc (NYSE:ST) has announced that it will pay a dividend of $0.12 per share on the 24th of May. This payment means the dividend yield will be 1.0%, which is below the average for the industry.
See our latest analysis for Sensata Technologies Holding
Sensata Technologies Holding’s Payment Has Solid Earnings Coverage
It would be nice for the yield to be higher, but we should also check if the higher levels of dividend payments would be sustainable. However, prior to this announcement, Sensata Technologies Holding’s dividend was comfortably covered by both cash flow and earnings. As a result, a large proportion of what it earned was being reinvested back into the business.
The next year is set to see EPS grow by 83.5%. If the dividend continues along with recent trends, we estimate the payout ratio will be 12%, which is within the range that makes us comfortable with the sustainability of the dividend.
Sensata Technologies Holding Doesn’t Have A Long Payment History
It’s not possible for us to make a backward looking judgment just based on a short payment history. This doesn’t mean that the company can’t pay a good dividend, but just that we want to wait until it can prove itself.
Sensata Technologies Holding May Find It Hard To Grow The Dividend
The company’s investors will be pleased to have been receiving dividend income for some time. Unfortunately things aren’t as good as they seem. Sensata Technologies Holding has seen earnings per share falling at 3.1% per year over the last five years. Declining earnings will inevitably lead to the company paying a lower dividend in line with lower profits. It’s not all bad news though, as the earnings are predicted to rise over the next 12 months – we would just be a bit cautious until this can turn into a longer term trend.
Overall, it’s nice to see a consistent dividend payment, but we think that in longer terms, the current level of payment might be unsustainable. The company is generating plenty of cash, which could maintain the dividend for a while, but the track record hasn’t been great. We would probably look elsewhere for an income investment.
Companies possessing a stable dividend policy will likely enjoy greater investor interest than those suffering from a more inconsistent approach. Still, investors need to consider a host of other factors, apart from dividend payments, when analyzing a company. Taking the debate a bit further, we’ve identified 1 warning sign for Sensata Technologies Holding that investors need to be conscious of moving forward. If you are a dividend investor, you might also want to look at us curated list of high yield dividend stocks.
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