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Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc (NYSE:ELS): Ex-Dividend Is In 2 Days, Should You Buy?

Kari Hurd

Attention dividend hunters! Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc (NYSE:ELS) will be distributing its dividend of US$0.55 per share on the 13 July 2018, and will start trading ex-dividend in 2 days time on the 28 June 2018. Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I take a deeper dive into Equity LifeStyle Properties’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend attributes. Check out our latest analysis for Equity LifeStyle Properties

5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

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

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NYSE:ELS Historical Dividend Yield June 25th 18

Does Equity LifeStyle Properties pass our checks?

REITs are a special-case dividend payer. This is because a high percentage of their earnings are required to be paid out as dividends. The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for ELS is 91.23%, which is in-line with most other REIT stocks. 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. Shareholders would have seen a few years of reduced payments in this time.

Relative to peers, Equity LifeStyle Properties has a yield of 2.40%, which is on the low-side for REITs stocks.

Next Steps:

If you are building an income portfolio, then Equity LifeStyle Properties 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 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 fundamental aspects you should look at:

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