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How Does Griffin Industrial Realty Inc (NASDAQ:GRIF) Fare As A Dividend Stock?

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Historically, Griffin Industrial Realty Inc (NASDAQ:GRIF) has been paying a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 1.1%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Griffin Industrial Realty in more detail.

See our latest analysis for Griffin Industrial Realty

5 questions to ask before buying 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 paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NasdaqGM:GRIF Historical Dividend Yield October 22nd 18

How well does Griffin Industrial Realty fit our criteria?

Griffin Industrial Realty has a negative payout ratio, meaning that the company is not yet profitable and is paying dividend by dipping into its retained earnings.

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 company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Dividend payments from Griffin Industrial Realty have been volatile in the past 10 years, with some years experiencing significant drops of over 25%. These characteristics do not bode well for income investors seeking reliable stream of dividends.

Compared to its peers, Griffin Industrial Realty generates a yield of 1.1%, which is on the low-side for Real Estate stocks.

Next Steps:

Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in Griffin Industrial Realty 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, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. Below, I’ve compiled three pertinent factors you should further examine:

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

To help readers see past 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. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.