Dividends can be underrated but they form a large part of investment returns, playing an important role in compounding returns in the long run. Historically, HCI Group Inc (NYSE:HCI) has been paying a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 3.7%. Does HCI Group tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.
Here’s how I find good dividend stocks
When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:
- Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
- Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
- Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
- Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
- Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
How does HCI Group fare?
HCI Group has a negative payout ratio, meaning that the company is not yet profitable and is paying dividend by dipping into its retained earnings.
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 HCI Group as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 8 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.
In terms of its peers, HCI Group generates a yield of 3.7%, which is high for Insurance stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.
After digging a little deeper into HCI Group’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just for the dividend. On the other hand, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still be offering some interesting investment opportunities. 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 relevant aspects you should further research:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for HCI’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for HCI’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is HCI 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 HCI is currently mispriced by the market.
- Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.
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