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Is Genie Energy Ltd. (NYSE:GNE) A Great Dividend Stock?

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A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over time. Historically, Genie Energy Ltd. (NYSE:GNE) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 3.8%. Does Genie Energy tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

Check out our latest analysis for Genie Energy

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

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

  • 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 dividend per share amount increased over the past?

  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?

  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?

NYSE:GNE Historical Dividend Yield February 13th 19
NYSE:GNE Historical Dividend Yield February 13th 19

Does Genie Energy pass our checks?

Genie Energy has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 83%, 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 there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. The reality is that it is too early to consider Genie Energy as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 7 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

In terms of its peers, Genie Energy generates a yield of 3.8%, which is high for Electric Utilities stocks.

Next Steps:

If Genie Energy is in your portfolio for cash-generating reasons, there may be better alternatives out there. 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, 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. There are three relevant factors you should further examine:

  1. Valuation: What is GNE 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 GNE is currently mispriced by the market.

  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Genie Energy’s board and the CEO’s back ground.

  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 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.