Dividends can be underrated but they form a large part of investment returns, playing an important role in compounding returns in the long run. Historically, Apogee Enterprises Inc (NASDAQ:APOG) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 1.5%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Apogee Enterprises should have a place in your portfolio.
5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock
When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:
- Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
- Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
- Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
- Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
- Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
How does Apogee Enterprises fare?
The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 21.1%, 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.
When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.
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 APOG it has increased its DPS from $0.30 to $0.63 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, Apogee Enterprises produces a yield of 1.5%, which is on the low-side for Building stocks.
Keeping in mind the dividend characteristics above, Apogee Enterprises is definitely worth considering for investors looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. 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. I’ve put together three important factors you should look at:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for APOG’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for APOG’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is APOG 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 APOG is currently mispriced by the market.
- 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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