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Dividend Hunters Should Consider Old Republic International Corporation (NYSE:ORI), With A 3.9% Yield

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If you are an income investor, then Old Republic International Corporation (NYSE:ORI) should be on your radar. Old Republic International Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the insurance underwriting and related services business primarily in the United States and Canada. Over the past 10 years, the US$6.2b market cap company has been growing its dividend payments, from $0.68 to $0.80. Currently yielding 3.9%, let’s take a closer look at Old Republic International’s dividend profile.

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What Is A Dividend Rock Star?

It is a stock that pays a stable and consistent dividend, having done so reliably for the past decade with the expectation of this continuing into the future. More specifically:

  • It is paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers
  • It consistently pays out dividend without missing a payment or significantly cutting payout
  • Its has increased its dividend per share amount over the past
  • It can afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings
  • It is able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future

High Yield And Dependable

Old Republic International’s dividend yield stands at 3.9%, which is high for Insurance stocks. But the real reason Old Republic International stands out is because it has a high chance of being able to continue to pay dividend at this level for years to come, something that is quite desirable if you are looking to create a portfolio that generates a steady stream of income.

NYSE:ORI Historical Dividend Yield, March 8th 2019

If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. ORI has increased its DPS from $0.68 to $0.80 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 ORI a true dividend rockstar.

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 62%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 40% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of around 3.8%. However, EPS should increase to $1.85, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

When assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering 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.

Next Steps:

With Old Republic International producing strong dividend income for your portfolio over the past few years, you can take comfort in knowing that this stock will still continue to be a top dividend generator moving forward. However, given 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. Below, I’ve compiled three pertinent factors you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ORI’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ORI’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is ORI 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 ORI is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there strong dividend payers with better fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

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