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Should Douglas Dynamics, Inc. (NYSE:PLOW) Be Part Of Your Portfolio?

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A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. Historically, Douglas Dynamics, Inc. (NYSE:PLOW) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 2.9%. Does Douglas Dynamics tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I'll take you through my analysis.

Check out our latest analysis for Douglas Dynamics

5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • 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?
NYSE:PLOW Historical Dividend Yield, March 27th 2019

How does Douglas Dynamics fare?

The company currently pays out 55% 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 lower payout ratio of 46% which, assuming the share price stays the same, leads to a dividend yield of 2.9%. However, EPS should increase to $2.02, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

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 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. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Douglas Dynamics as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 9 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

In terms of its peers, Douglas Dynamics has a yield of 2.9%, which is high for Machinery stocks but still below the market's top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Whilst there are few things you may like about Douglas Dynamics from a dividend stock perspective, the truth is that overall it probably is not the best choice for a dividend investor. 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. I've put together three pertinent factors you should further research:

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

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If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned. Thank you for reading.