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2 Days Left To HNI Corporation (NYSE:HNI)’s Ex-Dividend Date, Should Investors Buy?

Audra Newberry

On the 04 September 2018, HNI Corporation (NYSE:HNI) will be paying shareholders an upcoming dividend amount of US$0.29 per share. However, investors must have bought the company’s stock before 16 August 2018 in order to qualify for the payment. That means you have only 2 days left! What does this mean for current shareholders and potential investors? Below, I will explain how holding HNI can impact your portfolio income stream, by analysing the stock’s most recent financial data and dividend attributes.

Check out our latest analysis for HNI

How I analyze a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NYSE:HNI Historical Dividend Yield August 13th 18

Does HNI pass our checks?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 54.30%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. However, going forward, analysts expect HNI’s payout to fall to 38.38% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of 2.88%. However, EPS should increase to $2.71, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. In the case of HNI it has increased its DPS from $0.86 to $1.18 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. This is an impressive feat, which makes HNI a true dividend rockstar.

Compared to its peers, HNI has a yield of 2.73%, which is high for Commercial Services stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

With this in mind, I definitely rank HNI as a strong dividend stock, and makes it worth further research for anyone who likes steady income generation from their portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. Below, I’ve compiled three pertinent factors you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for HNI’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for HNI’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is HNI 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 HNI 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.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.