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Should You Buy Graham Corporation (NYSE:GHM) For Its Dividend?

Pam Parks

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Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Historically, Graham Corporation (NYSE:GHM) has been paying a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 1.8%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Graham in more detail.

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5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NYSE:GHM Historical Dividend Yield February 14th 19

How does Graham fare?

Graham has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 73%, 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. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

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. GHM has increased its DPS from $0.080 to $0.40 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.

In terms of its peers, Graham produces a yield of 1.8%, which is on the low-side for Machinery stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, Graham 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. I’ve put together three key aspects you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for GHM’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for GHM’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is GHM 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 GHM is currently mispriced by the market.
  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 past 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. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.