Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Recently, Core Molding Technologies Inc (NYSEMKT:CMT) has started paying dividends to shareholders. Today it yields 2.2%. Does Core Molding Technologies tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.
5 questions to ask before buying 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 the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
- Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
- Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
Does Core Molding Technologies pass our checks?
The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 60.0%, 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.
When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.
If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. The reality is that it is too early to consider Core Molding Technologies as a dividend investment. Last year was the company’s first dividend payment, so it is certainly early days. The standard practice for reliable payers is to look for 10 or so years of track record.
In terms of its peers, Core Molding Technologies generates a yield of 2.2%, which is high for Chemicals stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.
Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in Core Molding Technologies for the dividend. 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. There are three relevant factors you should further examine:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CMT’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CMT’s outlook.
- Historical Performance: What has CMT’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.
- 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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