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Should Income Investors Buy Tyson Foods Inc (NYSE:TSN) Before Its Ex-Dividend?

Declan Brown

Investors who want to cash in on Tyson Foods Inc’s (NYSE:TSN) upcoming dividend of US$0.30 per share have only 2 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 30 August 2018, in time for dividends payable on the 14 September 2018. What does this mean for current shareholders and potential investors? Below, I will explain how holding Tyson Foods can impact your portfolio income stream, by analysing the stock’s most recent financial data and dividend attributes.

View our latest analysis for Tyson Foods

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NYSE:TSN Historical Dividend Yield August 27th 18

Does Tyson Foods pass our checks?

The company currently pays out 14.3% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting a higher payout ratio of 24.0%, leading to a dividend yield of around 2.1%. However, EPS is forecasted to fall to $6.69 in the upcoming year. Therefore, although payout is expected to increase, the fall in earnings may not equate to higher dividend income.

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. In the case of TSN it has increased its DPS from $0.16 to $1.2 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. This is an impressive feat, which makes TSN a true dividend rockstar.

In terms of its peers, Tyson Foods generates a yield of 1.9%, which is on the low-side for Food stocks.

Next Steps:

Keeping in mind the dividend characteristics above, Tyson Foods is definitely worth considering for investors looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. There are three important factors you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for TSN’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for TSN’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is TSN 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 TSN 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 past 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. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.