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Is Escalade, Incorporated (NASDAQ:ESCA) A Smart Choice For Dividend Investors?

Casey Hall

Escalade, Incorporated (NASDAQ:ESCA) has pleased shareholders over the past 10 years, by paying out dividends. The company currently pays out a dividend yield of 4.2% to shareholders, making it a relatively attractive dividend stock. Does Escalade tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

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5 questions to ask before buying 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?
  • 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?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NasdaqGM:ESCA Historical Dividend Yield January 16th 19

Does Escalade pass our checks?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 29%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently 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 assessing the forecast sustainability of a dividend it is also worth considering the cash flow of the business. A business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. ESCA has increased its DPS from $0.25 to $0.50 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 ESCA a true dividend rockstar.

Relative to peers, Escalade generates a yield of 4.2%, which is high for Leisure stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, Escalade ticks most of the boxes as a strong dividend investment, putting it in my list of top dividend payers. 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 relevant factors you should further research:

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