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What You Should Know Before Buying Brinker International Inc (NYSE:EAT) For Its Dividend

Sam Bishop

There is a lot to be liked about Brinker International Inc (NYSE:EAT) as an income stock, over the past 10 years it has returned an average of 3.00% per year. The company is currently worth US$1.60B, and now yields roughly 4.40%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Brinker International in more detail. View our latest analysis for Brinker International

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:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NYSE:EAT Historical Dividend Yield Feb 9th 18

How does Brinker International fare?

The company currently pays out 54.09% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. However, going forward, analysts expect EAT’s payout to fall to 44.04% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of 4.64%. However, EPS should increase to $3.37, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment. 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. In the case of EAT it has increased its DPS from $0.44 to $1.52 in the past 10 years. During this period it has not missed a payment, as one would expect for a company increasing its dividend. These are all positive signs of a great, reliable dividend stock. Relative to peers, Brinker International generates a yield of 4.40%, which is high for Hospitality stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, Brinker International ticks most of the boxes as a strong dividend investment, putting it in my list of top dividend payers. 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. I’ve put together three key factors you should further research:

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.