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Is American National Insurance Company (NASDAQ:ANAT) A Great Dividend Stock?

Ajay Mannan

Dividends can be underrated but they form a large part of investment returns, playing an important role in compounding returns in the long run. American National Insurance Company (NASDAQ:ANAT) has returned to shareholders over the past 10 years, an average dividend yield of 3.00% annually. 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

How I analyze a dividend stock

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

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?

  • 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?

  • Is it able 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?

NasdaqGS:ANAT Historical Dividend Yield Apr 23rd 18
NasdaqGS:ANAT Historical Dividend Yield Apr 23rd 18

How does American National Insurance fare?

American National Insurance has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 17.87%, 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. Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. In the case of ANAT it 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. This is an impressive feat, which makes ANAT a true dividend rockstar. In terms of its peers, American National Insurance generates a yield of 2.68%, 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 urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. There are three fundamental factors you should further examine:

  1. 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.

  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on American National Insurance’s board and the CEO’s back ground.

  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 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.