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Should Income Investors Buy Tiptree Inc (NASDAQ:TIPT) Before Its Ex-Dividend?

Becky Mayes

Important news for shareholders and potential investors in Tiptree Inc (NASDAQ:TIPT): The dividend payment of $0.04 per share will be distributed into shareholder on 29 May 2018, and the stock will begin trading ex-dividend at an earlier date, 18 May 2018. Should you diversify into Tiptree and boost your portfolio income stream? Well, keep on reading because today, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail. See our latest analysis for Tiptree

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 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 dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
NasdaqCM:TIPT Historical Dividend Yield May 14th 18

How does Tiptree fare?

The current payout ratio for TIPT is negative, meaning that the company is not yet profitable and is paying dividend by dipping into its retained earnings. 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. Dividend payments from Tiptree have been volatile in the past 10 years, with some years experiencing significant drops of over 25%. This means that dividend hunters should probably steer clear of the stock, at least for now until the track record improves. Compared to its peers, Tiptree has a yield of 2.19%, which is on the low-side for Insurance stocks.

Next Steps:

Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in Tiptree for the dividend. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. 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 factors you should further research:

  1. Historical Performance: What has TIPT’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.
  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Tiptree’s board and the CEO’s back ground.
  3. 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.