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Is Crown Crafts, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRWS) A Smart Pick For Income Investors?

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A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. Historically, Crown Crafts, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRWS) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 6.1%. Does Crown Crafts tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

Check out our latest analysis for Crown Crafts

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

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

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • 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?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NasdaqCM:CRWS Historical Dividend Yield, March 7th 2019

Does Crown Crafts pass our checks?

Crown Crafts has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 66%, which means that the dividend is 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.

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. A business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Crown Crafts 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, Crown Crafts generates a yield of 6.1%, which is high for Luxury stocks.

Next Steps:

If Crown Crafts is in your portfolio for cash-generating reasons, there may be better alternatives out there. However, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still offer some interesting investment opportunities. 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 examine:

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