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Is Buying Hubbell Incorporated (NYSE:HUBB) For Its Upcoming US$0.77 Dividend A Good Choice?

Kelly Murphy

Shares of Hubbell Incorporated (NYSE:HUBB) will begin trading ex-dividend in 2 days. To qualify for the dividend check of US$0.77 per share, investors must have owned the shares prior to 30 August 2018, which is the last day the company’s management will finalize their list of shareholders to which they will send dividend payments. Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I take a deeper dive into Hubbell’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend attributes.

See our latest analysis for Hubbell

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

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

  • 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?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NYSE:HUBB Historical Dividend Yield August 27th 18

How well does Hubbell fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 63.5% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. However, going forward, analysts expect HUBB’s payout to fall to 39.1% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of around 2.5%. However, EPS should increase to $6.87, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

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. Although HUBB’s per share payments have increased in the past 10 years, it has not been a completely smooth ride. Shareholders would have seen a few years of reduced payments in this time.

Compared to its peers, Hubbell generates a yield of 2.5%, which is high for Electrical stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, Hubbell 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, 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 research:

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