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Is Insteel Industries Inc (NASDAQ:IIIN) A Smart Pick For Income Investors?

Shawn Clark

A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. Insteel Industries Inc (NASDAQ:IIIN) has returned to shareholders over the past 10 years, an average dividend yield of 2.00% annually. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Insteel Industries in more detail. View our latest analysis for Insteel Industries

5 checks you should use to assess a dividend stock

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?
  • 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 it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NasdaqGS:IIIN Historical Dividend Yield May 21st 18

How does Insteel Industries fare?

The company currently pays out 9.26% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, 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. Whilst its per-share payments have increased during the past 10 years, there has been some hiccups. Shareholders would have seen a few years of reduced payments in this time. Relative to peers, Insteel Industries produces a yield of 3.52%, which is high for Building stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

If Insteel Industries is in your portfolio for cash-generating reasons, there may be better alternatives out there. However, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still offer some interesting investment opportunities. 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. Below, I’ve compiled three fundamental aspects you should further examine:

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