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Know This Before Buying Secure Energy Services Inc (TSE:SES) For Its Dividend

Laura Kearns

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Historically, Secure Energy Services Inc (TSE:SES) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 3.3%. Does Secure Energy Services tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

Check out our latest analysis for Secure Energy Services

How I analyze a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five 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 dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
TSX:SES Historical Dividend Yield September 19th 18

Does Secure Energy Services pass our checks?

Secure Energy Services has a negative payout ratio, which means that it is loss-making, and paying its dividend from its retained earnings.

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 is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Secure Energy Services as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 6 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Compared to its peers, Secure Energy Services has a yield of 3.3%, which is on the low-side for Energy Services stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Secure Energy Services’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just 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 recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. I’ve put together three pertinent factors you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for SES’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for SES’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is SES 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 SES 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.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.