I think it’s fair to say that 2020 has been a bad year for dividends. Due to the pandemic, a large number of popular dividend shares have had to defer or cancel their dividends.
While this is disappointing, I’m confident that most dividend payments will resume again next year. In light of this, now could be a good time to look at the dividend shares to own in 2021 and beyond.
Here are two dividend shares I think should be considered:
Stockland Corporation Ltd (ASX: SGP)
Stockland is a property company which owns, manages and develops a diverse range of property assets. These include retirement villages, retail centres, business parks, offices, and logistics centres. Its shares have been hit very hard during the pandemic and are now down almost 50% from their 52-week high. I think this has left them trading at bargain prices for income investors. I’m not the only one that thinks this.
A recent note out of Goldman Sachs reveals that it has a buy rating and $4.43 price target on Stockland’s shares. It has been running the rule over the company and expects it to pay a distribution of ~26 cents per share in FY 2021. This equates to a whopping 9.2% distribution yield.
Sydney Airport Holdings Pty Ltd (ASX: SYD)
The Sydney Airport share price is down 41% from its 52-week high. Investors have of course been selling the airport operator’s shares after travel restrictions left its runways and terminals virtually empty. The good news is that Australia is now reopening and over the coming months Sydney Airport will start to see a recovery in domestic passenger numbers. While a full domestic recovery will take time and international tourism will take even longer, the company looks well-placed to pay a dividend in FY 2021.
Another recent note out of Goldman Sachs reveals that it expects Sydney Airport to pay a 29 cents per share dividend in FY 2021 and then a 37 cents per share dividend in FY 2022. If this proves accurate, it means that the company’s shares offer 5.3% and 6.7% yields, respectively, over the next couple of years. I think this is achievable and makes it well worth being patient with its shares.
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