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Cross Timbers Royalty Trust (NYSE:CRT): Ex-Dividend Is In 3 Days, Should You Buy?

Wade Goff

Important news for shareholders and potential investors in Cross Timbers Royalty Trust (NYSE:CRT): The dividend payment of $0.11 per share will be distributed into shareholder on 14 June 2018, and the stock will begin trading ex-dividend at an earlier date, 30 May 2018. Is this future income a persuasive enough catalyst for investors to think about Cross Timbers Royalty Trust as an investment today? Below, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail. View our latest analysis for Cross Timbers Royalty Trust

5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

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

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Can it afford 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?
NYSE:CRT Historical Dividend Yield May 26th 18

Does Cross Timbers Royalty Trust pass our checks?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for CRT is 100.00%, which means that the dividend is not well-covered by its 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’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Not only have dividend payouts from Cross Timbers Royalty Trust fallen over the past 10 years, it has also been highly volatile during this time, with drops of over 25% in some years. These characteristics do not bode well for income investors seeking reliable stream of dividends. In terms of its peers, Cross Timbers Royalty Trust has a yield of 8.57%, which is high for Oil and Gas stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Cross Timbers Royalty Trust’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just 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. I’ve put together three fundamental aspects you should further examine:

  1. Valuation: What is CRT 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 CRT is currently mispriced by the market.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Cross Timbers Royalty Trust’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
  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.