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Carnival plc (LON:CCL): Ex-Dividend Is In 1 Days

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Attention dividend hunters! Carnival plc (LON:CCL) will be distributing its dividend of US$0.50 per share on the 14 June 2019, and will start trading ex-dividend in 1 days time on the 23 May 2019. Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I take a deeper dive into Carnival's latest financial data to analyse its dividend attributes.

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Here's how I find good dividend stocks

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

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 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?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
LSE:CCL Historical Dividend Yield, May 21st 2019

How does Carnival fare?

Carnival has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 45%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect CCL's payout to increase to 52% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of around 4.6%. Furthermore, EPS should increase to $4.71. The higher payout forecasted, along with higher earnings, should lead to greater dividend income for investors moving forward.

If you want to dive deeper into the sustainability of a certain payout ratio, you may wish to consider the cash flow of the business. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

Reliability 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. The reality is that it is too early to consider Carnival as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 9 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

In terms of its peers, Carnival has a yield of 4.0%, which is high for Hospitality stocks but still below the market's top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Taking all the above into account, Carnival is a complicated pick for dividend investors given that there are a couple of positive things about it as well as negative. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. 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 essential aspects you should further research:

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

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