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Should You Buy Kearny Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:KRNY) For Its 3.1% Dividend?

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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. Kearny Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:KRNY) has paid a dividend to shareholders in the last few years. It currently yields 3.1%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let's take a look at Kearny Financial in more detail.

Check out our latest analysis for Kearny Financial

Here's how I find good dividend stocks

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

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown 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?
NasdaqGS:KRNY Historical Dividend Yield, April 9th 2019

Does Kearny Financial pass our checks?

Kearny Financial has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 41%, 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 considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. 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. The reality is that it is too early to consider Kearny Financial as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 4 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Compared to its peers, Kearny Financial produces a yield of 3.1%, which is on the low-side for Mortgage stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Kearny Financial's yield, it's easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just for the dividend. On the other hand, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still be offering some interesting investment opportunities. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. Below, I've compiled three pertinent factors you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for KRNY’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for KRNY’s outlook.
  2. Historical Performance: What has KRNY's returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  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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