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Should Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE:ED) Be Part Of Your Dividend Portfolio?

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Consolidated Edison, Inc. (NYSE:ED) has pleased shareholders over the past 10 years, by paying out dividends. The stock currently pays out a dividend yield of 3.5%, and has a market cap of US$27b. Does Consolidated Edison tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I'll take you through my analysis.

View our latest analysis for Consolidated Edison

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

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

  • 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 risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NYSE:ED Historical Dividend Yield, April 5th 2019

Does Consolidated Edison pass our checks?

Consolidated Edison has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 65%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect ED's payout to remain around the same level at 67% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of around 3.6%. Furthermore, EPS should increase to $4.54.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If there's one type of stock you want to be reliable, it's dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. ED has increased its DPS from $2.36 to $2.96 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. This is an impressive feat, which makes ED a true dividend rockstar.

In terms of its peers, Consolidated Edison produces a yield of 3.5%, which is high for Integrated Utilities stocks but still below the market's top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, Consolidated Edison 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. Below, I've compiled three essential aspects you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ED’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ED’s outlook.
  2. Historical Performance: What has ED's returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  3. Other 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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