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American National Insurance Company (NASDAQ:ANAT): Dividend Is Coming In 2 Days, Should You Buy?

Frank Brewer

On the 21 September 2018, American National Insurance Company (NASDAQ:ANAT) will be paying shareholders an upcoming dividend amount of US$0.82 per share. However, investors must have bought the company’s stock before 06 September 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 American National Insurance can impact your portfolio income stream, by analysing the stock’s most recent financial data and dividend attributes.

Check out our latest analysis for American National Insurance

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

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

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NasdaqGS:ANAT Historical Dividend Yield September 3rd 18

How well does American National Insurance fit our criteria?

American National Insurance has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 16.9%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward.

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. In the case of ANAT it has increased its DPS from $3.08 to $3.28 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. This is an impressive feat, which makes ANAT a true dividend rockstar.

Compared to its peers, American National Insurance generates a yield of 2.6%, which is high for Insurance stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, American National Insurance is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income 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 relevant aspects you should look at:

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