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Is Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (NYSE:BAH) A Great Dividend Stock?

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Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. Historically, Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (NYSE:BAH) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 1.6%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let's take a look at Booz Allen Hamilton Holding in more detail.

View our latest analysis for Booz Allen Hamilton Holding

Here's how I find good dividend stocks

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • 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?
NYSE:BAH Historical Dividend Yield, April 6th 2019

How does Booz Allen Hamilton Holding fare?

The company currently pays out 26% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect BAH's payout to increase to 29% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of 1.7%. Furthermore, EPS should increase to $2.92. The higher payout forecasted, along with higher earnings, should lead to greater dividend income for investors moving forward.

When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If there's one type of stock you want to be reliable, it's dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Booz Allen Hamilton Holding as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 7 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

In terms of its peers, Booz Allen Hamilton Holding generates a yield of 1.6%, which is high for IT stocks but still below the market's top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

If Booz Allen Hamilton Holding is in your portfolio for cash-generating reasons, there may be better alternatives out there. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. 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. There are three relevant factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for BAH’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for BAH’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is BAH 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 BAH is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. 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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