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Is Hennessy Advisors Inc (NASDAQ:HNNA) A Great Dividend Stock?

Lawrence Carr

A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. Over the past 10 years, Hennessy Advisors Inc (NASDAQ:HNNA) has returned an average of 2.00% per year to shareholders in terms of dividend yield. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Hennessy Advisors in more detail. See our latest analysis for Hennessy Advisors

5 questions I ask before picking 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 its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
  • Is it able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
NasdaqCM:HNNA Historical Dividend Yield Jun 1st 18

Does Hennessy Advisors pass our checks?

Hennessy Advisors has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 12.56%, 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. If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. In the case of HNNA it has increased its DPS from $0.06 to $0.4 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. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock. Compared to its peers, Hennessy Advisors generates a yield of 2.21%, which is on the low-side for Capital Markets stocks.

Next Steps:

With this in mind, I definitely rank Hennessy Advisors 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, 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. Below, I’ve compiled three important factors you should look at:

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