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Should Flexsteel Industries Inc (NASDAQ:FLXS) Be Part Of Your Dividend Portfolio?

A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over time. Historically, Flexsteel Industries Inc (NASDAQ:FLXS) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 3.6%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Flexsteel Industries should have a place in your portfolio.

View our latest analysis for Flexsteel Industries

5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • 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 it increased its dividend per share amount 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?
NasdaqGS:FLXS Historical Dividend Yield November 28th 18

How does Flexsteel Industries fare?

The company currently pays out 54% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, 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 thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. 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. Although FLXS’s per share payments have increased in the past 10 years, it has not been a completely smooth ride. Shareholders would have seen a few years of reduced payments in this time.

Relative to peers, Flexsteel Industries has a yield of 3.6%, which is high for Consumer Durables stocks.

Next Steps:

With this in mind, I definitely rank Flexsteel Industries as a strong dividend stock, and makes it worth further research for anyone who likes steady income generation from their portfolio. 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 essential factors you should look at:

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