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Does WSI Industries Inc (NASDAQ:WSCI) Have A Place In Your Portfolio?

Amar Chadha

A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over time. Historically, WSI Industries Inc (NASDAQ:WSCI) has been paying a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 3.0%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at WSI Industries in more detail.

See our latest analysis for WSI Industries

5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

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

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount 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?
NasdaqCM:WSCI Historical Dividend Yield September 5th 18

Does WSI Industries pass our checks?

The company currently pays out 10.1% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is 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. Whilst its per-share payments have increased during the past 10 years, there has been some hiccups. Investors have seen reductions in the dividend per share in the past, although, it has picked up again.

In terms of its peers, WSI Industries generates a yield of 3.0%, which is high for Machinery stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

If WSI Industries is in your portfolio for cash-generating reasons, there may be better alternatives out there. 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 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 key factors you should further research:

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