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Should You Be Holding Stepan Company (NYSE:SCL)?

Simply Wall St

Stepan Company ( NYSE:SCL ) is a stock with outstanding fundamental characteristics. When we build an investment case, we need to look at the stock with a holistic perspective. In the case of SCL, it is a financially-robust , dividend-paying company with a an impressive track record of performance. Below, I’ve touched on some key aspects you should know on a high level. If you’re interested in understanding beyond my broad commentary, read the full report on Stepan here .

Flawless balance sheet with proven track record and pays a dividend

SCL’s ability to maintain an adequate level of cash to meet upcoming liabilities is a good sign for its financial health. This suggests prudent control over cash and cost by management, which is a key determinant of the company’s health. SCL seems to have put its debt to good use, generating operating cash levels of 0.62x total debt in the most recent year. This is also a good indication as to whether debt is properly covered by the company’s cash flows.

NYSE:SCL Income Statement, March 1st 2019

Income investors would also be happy to know that SCL is a great dividend company, with a current yield standing at 1.1%. SCL has also been regularly increasing its dividend payments to shareholders over the past decade.

NYSE:SCL Historical Dividend Yield, March 1st 2019

Next Steps:

For Stepan, I’ve compiled three essential aspects you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook : What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for SCL’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for SCL’s outlook.
  2. Valuation : What is SCL worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether SCL is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other Attractive Alternatives : Are there other well-rounded stocks you could be holding instead of SCL? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

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.

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