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Is Buying Cohen & Company Inc (NYSEMKT:COHN) For Its Upcoming $0.2 Dividend A Good Choice?

On the 03 April 2018, Cohen & Company Inc (AMEX:COHN) will be paying shareholders an upcoming dividend amount of $0.2 per share. However, investors must have bought the company’s stock before 19 March 2018 in order to qualify for the payment. That means you have only 3 days left! Is this future income stream a compelling catalyst for dividend investors to think about the stock as an investment today? Let’s take a look at Cohen’s most recent financial data to examine its dividend characteristics in more detail. View our latest analysis for Cohen

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

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

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?

  • 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?

  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?

  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?

AMEX:COHN Historical Dividend Yield Mar 15th 18
AMEX:COHN Historical Dividend Yield Mar 15th 18

How does Cohen fare?

Cohen has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 46.78%, 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. 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 Cohen as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 8 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record. Relative to peers, Cohen produces a yield of 7.17%, which is high for Capital Markets stocks.

Next Steps:

Whilst there are few things you may like about Cohen from a dividend stock perspective, the truth is that overall it probably is not the best choice for a dividend investor. However, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still offer some interesting investment opportunities. 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 fundamental factors you should further research:

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.