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Should CSS Industries Inc (NYSE:CSS) Be Part Of Your Dividend Portfolio?

Joseph Holm

Dividends can be underrated but they form a large part of investment returns, playing an important role in compounding returns in the long run. Over the past 10 years, CSS Industries Inc (NYSE:CSS) has returned an average of 3.00% per year to shareholders in terms of dividend yield. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at CSS Industries in more detail. Check out our latest analysis for CSS Industries

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

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

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NYSE:CSS Historical Dividend Yield Feb 2nd 18

Does CSS Industries pass our checks?

The company currently pays out 35.06% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, 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. If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. CSS has increased its DPS from $0.56 to $0.8 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 CSS a true dividend rockstar. Relative to peers, CSS Industries produces a yield of 3.02%, which is high for Consumer Durables stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Keeping in mind the dividend characteristics above, CSS Industries is definitely worth considering for investors 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. I’ve put together three relevant aspects you should further examine:


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.