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Is Buying Safety Insurance Group Inc (NASDAQ:SAFT) For Its Upcoming $0.8 Dividend A Good Choice?

Casey Hall

On the 15 March 2018, Safety Insurance Group Inc (NASDAQ:SAFT) will be paying shareholders an upcoming dividend amount of $0.8 per share. However, investors must have bought the company’s stock before 28 February 2018 in order to qualify for the payment. That means you have only 7 days left! Is this future income a persuasive enough catalyst for investors to think about Safety Insurance Group as an investment today? Below, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail. See our latest analysis for Safety Insurance Group

5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
NasdaqGS:SAFT Historical Dividend Yield Feb 20th 18

Does Safety Insurance Group pass our checks?

The company currently pays out 69.43% 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 dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. SAFT has increased its DPS from $1.6 to $3.2 in the past 10 years. It has also been paying out dividend consistently during this time, as you’d expect for a company increasing its dividend levels. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock. Relative to peers, Safety Insurance Group produces a yield of 4.30%, which is high for Insurance stocks.

Next Steps:

Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, Safety Insurance Group is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. 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. There are three important factors you should look at:

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.