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Is G5 Entertainment AB (publ) (STO:G5EN) A Great Dividend Stock?

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Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. G5 Entertainment AB (publ) (STO:G5EN) has paid a dividend to shareholders in the last few years. It currently yields 2.5%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let's take a look at G5 Entertainment in more detail.

View our latest analysis for G5 Entertainment

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
OM:G5EN Historical Dividend Yield, April 2nd 2019

Does G5 Entertainment pass our checks?

The company currently pays out 17% 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 a higher payout ratio of 22% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of 4.0%. However, EPS is forecasted to fall to SEK13.75 in the upcoming year. Therefore, although payout is expected to increase, the fall in earnings may not equate to higher dividend income.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. 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. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view G5 Entertainment as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 2 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

In terms of its peers, G5 Entertainment generates a yield of 2.5%, which is high for Entertainment stocks but still below the market's top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

If you are building an income portfolio, then G5 Entertainment is a complicated choice since it has some positive aspects as well as negative ones. However, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still offer some interesting investment opportunities. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. Below, I've compiled three fundamental factors you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for G5EN’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for G5EN’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is G5EN 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 G5EN is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned. Thank you for reading.