Attention dividend hunters! Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE:EAT) will be distributing its dividend of US$0.38 per share on the 28 March 2019, and will start trading ex-dividend in 3 days time on the 07 March 2019. Should you diversify into Brinker International 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.
How I analyze a dividend stock
If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:
- Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
- Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
- Has it increased its dividend per share amount 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?
How does Brinker International fare?
Brinker International has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 42%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect EAT’s payout to remain around the same level at 42% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of 3.7%. Moreover, EPS should increase to $3.99.
When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.
If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. EAT has increased its DPS from $0.44 to $1.52 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.
Compared to its peers, Brinker International produces a yield of 3.3%, which is high for Hospitality stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.
With this in mind, I definitely rank Brinker International as a strong dividend stock, and makes it worth further research for anyone who likes steady income generation from their portfolio. 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 pertinent factors you should further research:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for EAT’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for EAT’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is EAT 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 EAT is currently mispriced by the market.
- Other Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.
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