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Is American National Insurance Company (NASDAQ:ANAT) A Smart Pick For Income Investors?

Saundra Reilly

A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. Over the past 10 years, American National Insurance Company (NASDAQ:ANAT) has returned an average of 3.00% per year to shareholders in terms of dividend yield. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at American National Insurance in more detail. Check out our latest analysis for American National Insurance

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NasdaqGS:ANAT Historical Dividend Yield June 24th 18

Does American National Insurance pass our checks?

American National Insurance has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 18.67%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently 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 there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. ANAT has increased its DPS from $3.08 to $3.28 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. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.

Relative to peers, American National Insurance produces a yield of 2.70%, which is on the low-side for Insurance stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, American National Insurance ticks most of the boxes as a strong dividend investment, putting it in my list of top dividend payers. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. Below, I’ve compiled three relevant factors 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. Historical Performance: What has ANAT’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  3. Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.


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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.