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MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ:MTSC): 2 Days To Buy Before The Ex-Dividend Date

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Have you been keeping an eye on MTS Systems Corporation’s ( NASDAQ:MTSC ) upcoming dividend of US$0.30 per share payable on the 01 April 2019? Then you only have 2 days left before the stock starts trading ex-dividend on the 15 March 2019. Is this future income a persuasive enough catalyst for investors to think about MTS Systems as an investment today? Below, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail.

View our latest analysis for MTS Systems

How I analyze 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?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • 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?
NasdaqGS:MTSC Historical Dividend Yield, March 12th 2019

How well does MTS Systems fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 60% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, 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.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow . A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. In the case of MTSC it has increased its DPS from $0.60 to $1.2 in the past 10 years. It has also been paying out dividend consistently during this time, as you’d expect for a company increasing its dividend levels. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.

Compared to its peers, MTS Systems produces a yield of 2.3%, which is high for Electronic stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, MTS Systems is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. 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 fundamental aspects you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook : What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for MTSC’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for MTSC’s outlook.
  2. Valuation : What is MTSC 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 MTSC is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other 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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