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Should Income Investors Buy American National Insurance Company (NASDAQ:ANAT) Before Its Ex-Dividend?

Sebastian Eder

Important news for shareholders and potential investors in American National Insurance Company (NASDAQ:ANAT): The dividend payment of $0.82 per share will be distributed into shareholder on 15 June 2018, and the stock will begin trading ex-dividend at an earlier date, 31 May 2018. Is this future income stream a compelling catalyst for dividend investors to think about the stock as an investment today? Let’s take a look at American National Insurance’s most recent financial data to examine its dividend characteristics in more detail. View our latest analysis for American National Insurance

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

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

  • 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?
  • Can it afford 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?
NasdaqGS:ANAT Historical Dividend Yield May 28th 18

How well does American National Insurance fit our criteria?

American National Insurance has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 18.67%, 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. 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 ANAT it has increased its DPS from $3.08 to $3.28 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, American National Insurance has a yield of 2.74%, which is on the low-side for Insurance stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, American National Insurance 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, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. I’ve put together three essential aspects you should further research:

  1. Valuation: What is ANAT 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 ANAT 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 American National Insurance’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
  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.