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3 Days Left Before DineEquity Inc (DIN) Will Start Trading Ex-Dividend, Should Investors Buy?

Andrew Carroll

Shares of DineEquity Inc (NYSE:DIN) will begin trading ex-dividend in 3 days. To qualify for the dividend check of $0.97 per share, investors must have owned the shares prior to 15 December 2017, which is the last day the company’s management will finalize their list of shareholders to which they will send dividend payments. Should you diversify into DIN and boost your portfolio income stream? Well, keep on reading because today, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail. Check out our latest analysis for DineEquity

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key 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 dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NYSE:DIN Historical Dividend Yield Dec 11th 17

Does DineEquity pass our checks?

The current payout ratio for DIN is negative, meaning that the company is not yet profitable and is paying dividend by dipping into its retained earnings. 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. Although DIN’s per share payments have increased in the past 10 years, it has not been a completely smooth ride. Shareholders would have seen a few years of reduced payments in this time. Compared to its peers, DineEquity produces a yield of 7.69%, which is high for hospitality stocks.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder?

Are you a shareholder? With DineEquity producing strong dividend income for your portfolio over the past few years, you can take comfort in knowing that this stock will still continue to be a robust dividend generator moving forward. However, depending on your current portfolio, it may be beneficial exploring other dividend stocks to increase diversification, or even look at high-growth stocks to complement your steady income stocks. I recommend continuing your research by checking out my interactive free list of dividend rockstars as well as high-growth stocks to potentially add to your holdings.

Are you a potential investor? Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, DIN is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. As with all investments, 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. Whether or not you like DIN as a dividend stock, it’s still worth checking the price tag. Is DIN still a bargain? Check our latest free analysis to find out!

To help readers see pass 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.