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Are You An Income Investor? Don’t Miss Out On Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT)

Michael Crabtree

Over the past 10 years Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) has returned an average of 3.00% per year from dividend payouts. The company is currently worth US$38.00B, and now yields roughly 3.52%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Target in more detail. See our latest analysis for Target

How I analyze a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • 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 the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NYSE:TGT Historical Dividend Yield Apr 25th 18

How does Target fare?

The company currently pays out 45.57% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a payout ratio of 49.54%, leading to a dividend yield of 3.88%. Furthermore, EPS is forecasted to fall to $5.27 in the upcoming year. If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. In the case of TGT it has increased its DPS from $0.56 to $2.48 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. This is an impressive feat, which makes TGT a true dividend rockstar. Compared to its peers, Target generates a yield of 3.52%, which is high for Multiline Retail stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, Target ticks most of the boxes as a strong dividend investment, putting it in my list of top dividend payers. 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 pertinent aspects you should look at:

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