Sydney Airport Holdings Ltd (ASX: SYD) shares currently have a whopping dividend yield of 5.05%. Are they a buy for dividend income?

Sydney Airport Holdings is the company that operates the Kingsford Smith Airport. It currently has a 99-year lease on the airport, but it will revert back to government ownership at the end of this century. According to Sydney Airport, it generates $30.8 billion in economic activity a year, which is equivalent to 6.4% of the NSW economy.

What To Look For In Dividend Shares

When you’re looking for dividend shares, the most important factors are stable earnings and growth. You don’t want dividends to remain stagnant forever, but you also don’t want them at 100 cents per share one year and 10cps the next.

One company that has very stable profits/earnings and constant growth is Sydney Airport.

The Results

In their recent FY18 report, Sydney Airport revealed:

This is the kind of company that can make an excellent dividend investment. Growth is not huge, but it is very stable. The Sydney Airport share price has increased over three-month, six-month, one-year, five-year and ten-year periods. At the same time, Sydney Airport has consistently grown dividends from 21cps in 2011 to 37.5cps in 2018.

As the population of Sydney grows, the use of Sydney Airport, and therefore revenue, will grow with it.

Risks

In the interest of balance, there are a couple of risks to mention that Sydney Airport faces.

The first, which is not really a risk, but more of a note, is that the dividend distributions are unfranked. If you’re looking for fully franked dividends, you might have to look at another Rask Media article which looks at the best fully-franked dividend investments.

Another risk is the slowdown of population growth in Sydney. The rate of growth has continually decreased since 2015, moving contrary to the increasing house prices. Slower population growth will likely result in slower revenue growth for Sydney Airport and, possibly, lower or stagnant dividends.

The final risk to mention is the construction of the Western Sydney Airport. Although construction will not be completed until 2026, this does remain a risk for the future of Sydney Airport. The new Western Sydney Airport will potentially drag business away from Sydney Airport, slowing growth further and putting future revenues at risk.

Summary

The Sydney Airport share price is getting closer to all-time highs of around $7.70, but as a long-term investment this makes sense to me. It’s stable, it has great growth opportunities and is continually increasing its dividends.

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Disclaimer: Any information contained in this article is limited to general financial/investment advice only. The information has not taken into account your specific needs, goals or objectives, so please consider consulting a licenced and trusted adviser before acting on the information. Please read The Rask Group’s Financial Services Guide (FSG) for more information. This article is authorised by Owen Raszkiewicz of The Rask Group, which is a corporate authorised representative No. 1264179 of Strawman Pty Ltd (ACN: 610 908 211) (AFSL: 501 223).

Disclaimer: At the time of writing, Max does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned.