Is TIL Logistics Group Limited (NZSE:TLL) A Top Dividend Stock?

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A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. TIL Logistics Group Limited (NZSE:TLL) has started paying a dividend to shareholders. It currently trades on a yield of 3.4%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let's take a look at TIL Logistics Group in more detail.

Check out our latest analysis for TIL Logistics Group

How I analyze a dividend stock

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

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
NZSE:TLL Historical Dividend Yield, April 4th 2019

Does TIL Logistics Group pass our checks?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 51%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward.

If you want to dive deeper into the sustainability of a certain payout ratio, you may wish to consider the cash flow of the business. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.

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 TIL Logistics Group as a dividend investment. Last year was the company's first dividend payment, so it is certainly early days. The standard practice for reliable payers is to look for 10 or so years of track record.

Relative to peers, TIL Logistics Group produces a yield of 3.4%, which is high for Transportation stocks but still below the market's top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in TIL Logistics Group for the dividend. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. 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 key aspects you should further examine:

  1. Valuation: What is TLL 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 TLL is currently mispriced by the market.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on TIL Logistics Group’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
  3. Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

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