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Is Cleveland-Cliffs Inc (NYSE:CLF) A Smart Choice For Dividend Investors?

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Historically, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc (NYSE:CLF) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 1.8%. Does Cleveland-Cliffs tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

See our latest analysis for Cleveland-Cliffs

5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

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

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
NYSE:CLF Historical Dividend Yield October 22nd 18

Does Cleveland-Cliffs pass our checks?

The current payout ratio for CLF is negative, meaning that the company is not yet profitable and is paying dividend by dipping into its retained earnings.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Dividend payments from Cleveland-Cliffs have been volatile in the past 10 years, with some years experiencing significant drops of over 25%. This means that dividend hunters should probably steer clear of the stock, at least for now until the track record improves.

Relative to peers, Cleveland-Cliffs has a yield of 1.8%, which is on the low-side for Metals and Mining stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Cleveland-Cliffs’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 pertinent factors you should further examine:

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