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Does Sun Communities Inc (NYSE:SUI) Have A Place In Your Portfolio?

Rowena Monahan

Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. Sun Communities Inc (NYSE:SUI) has returned to shareholders over the past 10 years, an average dividend yield of 7.00% annually. Does Sun Communities tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis. See our latest analysis for Sun Communities

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NYSE:SUI Historical Dividend Yield June 27th 18

Does Sun Communities pass our checks?

Although REITs are expected to payout a high portion of the earnings, Sun Communities currently pays out more than double its net income, meaning that dividend is predominantly funded by retained 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. In the case of SUI it has increased its DPS from $2.52 to $2.84 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock.

In terms of its peers, Sun Communities produces a yield of 2.91%, which is on the low-side for REITs stocks.

Next Steps:

If you are building an income portfolio, then Sun Communities is a complicated choice since it has some positive aspects as well as negative ones. 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, 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 essential factors you should further research:

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