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BRT Apartments Corp (NYSE:BRT): Dividend Is Coming In 3 Days, Should You Buy?

Lacy Summers

If you are interested in cashing in on BRT Apartments Corp’s (NYSE:BRT) upcoming dividend of $0.18 per share, you only have 3 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 21 December 2017, in time for dividends payable on the 05 January 2018. Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I take a deeper dive into BRT Apartments’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend attributes. View our latest analysis for BRT Apartments

5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

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

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NYSE:BRT Historical Dividend Yield Dec 18th 17

How well does BRT Apartments fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 18.52% of its earnings as a dividend, 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. Not only have dividend payouts from BRT Apartments fallen over the past 10 years, it has also been highly volatile during this time, with drops of over 25% in some years. This means that dividend hunters should probably steer clear of the stock, at least for now until the track record improves. In terms of its peers, BRT Apartments has a yield of 6.34%, which is high for reits stocks.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Whilst there are few things you may like about BRT Apartments from a dividend stock perspective, the truth is that overall it probably is not the best choice for a dividend investor. It may be worth exploring other dividend stocks as alternatives to BRT Apartments or even look at high-growth stocks to complement your steady income stocks. I suggest continuing your research by taking a look at my interactive free list of dividend rockstars as well as high-growth stocks to potentially add to your holdings.

Are you a potential investor? Taking all the above into account, BRT Apartments is a complicated pick for dividend investors given that there are a couple of positive things about it as well as negative. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. I also recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. Check our latest free fundmental analysis to explore other aspects of BRT Apartments.


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.