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Should You Buy Trinity Industries Inc (NYSE:TRN) For Its Dividend?

Jonathon Baker

A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. Over the past 10 years, Trinity Industries Inc (NYSE:TRN) has returned an average of 2.00% per year to shareholders in terms of dividend yield. Does Trinity Industries tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis. Check out our latest analysis for Trinity Industries

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% 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?
  • Can it afford 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:TRN Historical Dividend Yield Jun 6th 18

How well does Trinity Industries fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 11.31% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently 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. 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 TRN it has increased its DPS from $0.16 to $0.52 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. This is an impressive feat, which makes TRN a true dividend rockstar. Compared to its peers, Trinity Industries produces a yield of 1.50%, which is on the low-side for Machinery stocks.

Next Steps:

Keeping in mind the dividend characteristics above, Trinity Industries is definitely worth considering for investors looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. 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. I’ve put together three pertinent aspects you should further examine:

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