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Capella Education Company (NASDAQ:CPLA): Ex-Dividend Is In 3 Days, Should You Buy?

Will Harmon

Have you been keeping an eye on Capella Education Company’s (NASDAQ:CPLA) upcoming dividend of $0.43 per share payable on the 29 June 2018? Then you only have 3 days left before the stock starts trading ex-dividend on the 23 May 2018. What does this mean for current shareholders and potential investors? Below, I will explain how holding Capella Education can impact your portfolio income stream, by analysing the stock’s most recent financial data and dividend attributes. See our latest analysis for Capella Education

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

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?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is is able 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?
NasdaqGS:CPLA Historical Dividend Yield May 19th 18

How does Capella Education fare?

The company currently pays out 74.99% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, 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 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 Capella Education as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 4 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record. Compared to its peers, Capella Education generates a yield of 1.92%, which is on the low-side for Consumer Services stocks.

Next Steps:

Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in Capella Education 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, 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 pertinent aspects you should further research:

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