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Is The Eastern Company (NASDAQ:EML) An Attractive Dividend Stock?

Sean Barnes

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Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Historically, The Eastern Company (NASDAQ:EML) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 1.7%. Does Eastern tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

Check out our latest analysis for Eastern

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 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 dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
NASDAQGM:EML Historical Dividend Yield February 12th 19

How does Eastern fare?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 28%, 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.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. A business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.

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. In the case of EML it has increased its DPS from $0.36 to $0.44 in the past 10 years. It has also been paying out dividend consistently during this time, as you’d expect for a company increasing its dividend levels. This is an impressive feat, which makes EML a true dividend rockstar.

Compared to its peers, Eastern has a yield of 1.7%, which is on the low-side for Machinery stocks.

Next Steps:

Keeping in mind the dividend characteristics above, Eastern is definitely worth considering for investors looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. I’ve put together three fundamental factors you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for EML’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for EML’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is EML 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 EML is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other 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.