There is a lot to be liked about Star Group LP (NYSE:SGU) as an income stock, over the past 10 years it has returned an average of 6.0% per year. The company is currently worth US$505.0m, and now yields roughly 5.0%. Does Star Group tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.
How I analyze a dividend stock
When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:
- Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
- 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?
Does Star Group pass our checks?
Star Group has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 48.6%, 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.
Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. SGU has increased its DPS from $0.27 to $0.47 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.
Relative to peers, Star Group produces a yield of 5.0%, which is high for Gas Utilities stocks.
With this in mind, I definitely rank Star Group 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. There are three key aspects you should further research:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for SGU’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for SGU’s outlook.
- Historical Performance: What has SGU’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
- Other 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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