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What To Know Before Buying Carter’s, Inc. (NYSE:CRI) For Its Dividend

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A large part of investment returns can be generated by dividend-paying stock given their role in compounding returns over time. Historically, Carter’s, Inc. (NYSE:CRI) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 1.8%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Carter’s should have a place in your portfolio.

See our latest analysis for Carter’s

5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock

If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • 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 have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NYSE:CRI Historical Dividend Yield, March 4th 2019

How does Carter’s fare?

Carter’s has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 30%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect CRI’s payout to remain around the same level at 31% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of 2.1%. Furthermore, EPS should increase to $6.67.

If you want to dive deeper into the sustainability of a certain payout ratio, you may wish to consider the cash flow of the business. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

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. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Carter’s as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 6 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Relative to peers, Carter’s has a yield of 1.8%, which is high for Luxury stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

If you are building an income portfolio, then Carter’s is a complicated choice since it has some positive aspects as well as negative ones. 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, 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. Below, I’ve compiled three essential factors you should look at:

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

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