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Is CVR Energy Inc (NYSE:CVI) A Smart Pick For Income Investors?

Will Harmon

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 6 years, CVR Energy Inc (NYSE:CVI) has returned an average of 8.00% per year to shareholders in terms of dividend yield. Does CVR Energy tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis. View out our latest analysis for CVR Energy

How I analyze a dividend stock

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

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NYSE:CVI Historical Dividend Yield June 27th 18

How well does CVR Energy fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 62.36% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a payout ratio of 60.59%, leading to a dividend yield of 7.88%.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view CVR Energy as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 6 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Relative to peers, CVR Energy has a yield of 8.34%, which is high for Oil and Gas stocks.

Next Steps:

Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, CVR Energy is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. 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. Below, I’ve compiled three fundamental aspects you should look at:

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


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.