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Is Buying TransAct Technologies Incorporated (NASDAQ:TACT) For Its Upcoming US$0.09 Dividend A Good Choice?

Micheal Lombardo

On the 14 September 2018, TransAct Technologies Incorporated (NASDAQ:TACT) will be paying shareholders an upcoming dividend amount of US$0.09 per share. However, investors must have bought the company’s stock before 17 August 2018 in order to qualify for the payment. That means you have only 2 days left! Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I examine TransAct Technologies’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend characteristics.

Check out our latest analysis for TransAct Technologies

5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

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

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NasdaqGM:TACT Historical Dividend Yield August 14th 18

How does TransAct Technologies fare?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 40.78%, 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 is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. The reality is that it is too early to consider TransAct Technologies as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 6 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

In terms of its peers, TransAct Technologies generates a yield of 2.54%, which is high for Tech stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into TransAct Technologies’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 fundamental factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for TACT’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for TACT’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is TACT 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 TACT is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. 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.