As February was drawing to a close I decided to double my position in an ‘undervalued dividend powerhouse‘: I bought an additional 25 shares of Magna International Inc. (MGA) for a total of $1,080. In this post I break down my reasons for adding to the existing MGA position in my portfolio and what this means for my forward dividend income.
Magna International Inc. develops, manufactures, engineers, supplies, and sells automotive products. It operates through North America, Europe, Asia, and Rest of World segments. The company offers body and chassis systems, and related engineering services; seating systems; and powertrain systems.
It also provides vision systems comprising interior and exterior mirrors, and closure systems. In addition, the company provides electronic systems, exterior systems, and roof systems. Further, it offers vehicle engineering and contract vehicle assembly services; fuel systems; engineering support services; and tooling and other products.
The company was founded in 1957 and is headquartered in Aurora, Canada with GM, Ford and Chrysler as main clients. In a recent investor presentation Magna displays it’s strength – being the global number one in many Product Areas.
My original purchase of 25 Magna shares dates back to May of 2016 when the stock was at $40.57. Since then the share price did not move significantly – yet I still liked the company enough to double my position to 50 shares.
One of the reasons I wanted to double down on Magna is that the company is a dividend challenger, with 7 years of dividend increases. The current yield is 2.55% – lower than the average 3.5% yield I strive for in building my portfolio.
However, the payout ratio is at just 21.32%, leaving ample room for growth. Case in point: the company recently raised it’s dividend from $0.25 to $0.275, a very solid 10% increase. Although Magna is a Canadian company, all dividends are paid out in US Dollars.
Magna’s Earnings per Share (EPS) show an impressive 5 year annualized growth of +19.70%. The Price/Earnings (PE) ratio is 8.37, below the 5 year average of 10.35.
Both the current as well as the 5 year average PE are lower than the industry average, indicating that Magna is currently undervalued as compared to other Auto Component companies
In their March 11 report S&P Capital IQ marks Magna as a 5 star strong buy with 12 month target price of $57.
Given Magna’s dividend of $0.275 per share and it’s quarterly payout this recent buy means an addition of $27.50 to my forward dividend income.
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