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Income Investors Should Know That HCI Group, Inc. (NYSE:HCI) Goes Ex-Dividend Soon

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HCI Group, Inc. (NYSE:HCI) is about to trade ex-dividend in the next four days. Ex-dividend means that investors that purchase the stock on or after the 18th of February will not receive this dividend, which will be paid on the 19th of March.

HCI Group's next dividend payment will be US$0.40 per share, and in the last 12 months, the company paid a total of US$1.60 per share. Based on the last year's worth of payments, HCI Group has a trailing yield of 2.8% on the current stock price of $58. We love seeing companies pay a dividend, but it's also important to be sure that laying the golden eggs isn't going to kill our golden goose! So we need to investigate whether HCI Group can afford its dividend, and if the dividend could grow.

View our latest analysis for HCI Group

Dividends are typically paid out of company income, so if a company pays out more than it earned, its dividend is usually at a higher risk of being cut. HCI Group paid out a comfortable 40% of its profit last year.

Generally speaking, the lower a company's payout ratios, the more resilient its dividend usually is.

Click here to see the company's payout ratio, plus analyst estimates of its future dividends.

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Have Earnings And Dividends Been Growing?

When earnings decline, dividend companies become much harder to analyse and own safely. If earnings fall far enough, the company could be forced to cut its dividend. With that in mind, we're discomforted by HCI Group's 7.3% per annum decline in earnings in the past five years. Ultimately, when earnings per share decline, the size of the pie from which dividends can be paid, shrinks.

Many investors will assess a company's dividend performance by evaluating how much the dividend payments have changed over time. In the last 10 years, HCI Group has lifted its dividend by approximately 15% a year on average.

The Bottom Line

Should investors buy HCI Group for the upcoming dividend? HCI Group's earnings per share are down over the past five years, although it has the cushion of a low payout ratio, which would suggest a cut to the dividend is relatively unlikely. At best we would put it on a watch-list to see if business conditions improve, as it doesn't look like a clear opportunity right now.

If you're not too concerned about HCI Group's ability to pay dividends, you should still be mindful of some of the other risks that this business faces. For example, we've found 3 warning signs for HCI Group (2 shouldn't be ignored!) that deserve your attention before investing in the shares.

We wouldn't recommend just buying the first dividend stock you see, though. Here's a list of interesting dividend stocks with a greater than 2% yield and an upcoming dividend.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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