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Exploring IGO And Two More Top Dividend Stocks In Australia

Amidst a cautiously optimistic backdrop in the Australian market, with the ASX200 poised for growth following positive global cues and key economic data on the horizon, investors are keenly watching how different sectors respond. In this environment, understanding what constitutes a strong dividend stock becomes crucial, especially considering current fluctuations in commodity prices and broader economic indicators.

Top 10 Dividend Stocks In Australia

Name

Dividend Yield

Dividend Rating

Lindsay Australia (ASX:LAU)

6.45%

★★★★★☆

Nick Scali (ASX:NCK)

4.80%

★★★★★☆

Fiducian Group (ASX:FID)

3.86%

★★★★★☆

Centuria Capital Group (ASX:CNI)

6.86%

★★★★★☆

Charter Hall Group (ASX:CHC)

3.78%

★★★★★☆

Premier Investments (ASX:PMV)

4.67%

★★★★★☆

Fortescue (ASX:FMG)

7.94%

★★★★★☆

Diversified United Investment (ASX:DUI)

3.26%

★★★★★☆

New Hope (ASX:NHC)

9.19%

★★★★☆☆

Macquarie Group (ASX:MQG)

3.75%

★★★★☆☆

Click here to see the full list of 30 stocks from our Top Dividend Stocks screener.

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Here we highlight a subset of our preferred stocks from the screener.

IGO

Simply Wall St Dividend Rating: ★★★★☆☆

Overview: IGO Limited is an Australian exploration and mining company specializing in metals critical for clean energy, with a market capitalization of approximately A$5.88 billion.

Operations: IGO Limited generates revenue primarily through its Nova Operation and Forrestania Operation, which collectively brought in A$903.40 million.

Dividend Yield: 7.1%

IGO's current trading value is significantly below our fair value estimate, suggesting potential undervaluation. Despite a decade of increasing dividends, the sustainability is concerning with a high payout ratio of 185% and dividends not well covered by earnings. Recent financials show a decline in net income from A$612.3 million to A$288.3 million year-over-year and lower profit margins compared to last year. However, IGO's dividend yield remains competitive at 7.07%, ranking in the top quartile in Australia, supported by a reasonable cash payout ratio of 39.7%.

ASX:IGO Dividend History as at May 2024
ASX:IGO Dividend History as at May 2024

Nick Scali

Simply Wall St Dividend Rating: ★★★★★☆

Overview: Nick Scali Limited operates in the sourcing and retailing of household furniture and related accessories across Australia and New Zealand, with a market capitalization of approximately A$1.18 billion.

Operations: Nick Scali Limited generates its revenue primarily through the retailing of furniture, which amounted to A$450.45 million.

Dividend Yield: 4.8%

Nick Scali Limited, despite a challenging financial period with sales dropping from A$283.91 million to A$226.63 million and net income decreasing from A$60.57 million to A$43.01 million year-over-year, maintains a stable dividend history over the past decade with recent payments covered adequately by earnings and cash flows, showing payout ratios of 67.9% and 43.4%, respectively. The company's dividend yield stands at 4.8%, which is modest compared to the top Australian dividend payers but is supported by consistent payouts and recent strategic activities including follow-on equity offerings totaling A$110 million and merger discussions, suggesting potential for future stability and growth in shareholder returns.

ASX:NCK Dividend History as at May 2024
ASX:NCK Dividend History as at May 2024

New Hope

Simply Wall St Dividend Rating: ★★★★☆☆

Overview: New Hope Corporation Limited, with a market cap of A$3.96 billion, is engaged in the exploration, development, production, and processing of coal, along with oil and gas properties.

Operations: New Hope Corporation Limited generates A$1.88 billion from coal mining in NSW and A$48.15 million from coal mining and related activities in QLD.

Dividend Yield: 9.2%

New Hope Corporation experienced a significant drop in sales and net income for the half year ended January 31, 2024, with revenues falling to A$862.95 million from A$1.59 billion and net income decreasing to A$251.67 million from A$668.61 million year-over-year. Despite this downturn, the company maintains a high dividend yield of 9.19%, which ranks in the top 25% of Australian dividend payers. However, its dividends have shown volatility over the past decade and are currently not well-covered by cash flows, given a high cash payout ratio of 90.2%. This scenario raises concerns about the sustainability of future dividend payments without an improvement in financial performance or cash flow management.

ASX:NHC Dividend History as at May 2024
ASX:NHC Dividend History as at May 2024

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This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

Companies discussed in this article include ASX:IGOASX:NCKASX:NHC and

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