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Know This Before Buying Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE:KMI) For Its Dividend

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A sizeable part of portfolio returns can be produced by dividend stocks due to their contribution to compounding returns in the long run. Historically, Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE:KMI) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 4.0%. Does Kinder Morgan tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis.

See our latest analysis for Kinder Morgan

How I analyze a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NYSE:KMI Historical Dividend Yield, March 26th 2019

How does Kinder Morgan fare?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for KMI is 120%, meaning the dividend is not sufficiently covered by its earnings. Going forward, analysts expect KMI’s payout to remain around the same level at 117% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of 6.1%. Furthermore, EPS should increase to $1.

When thinking about whether a dividend is sustainable, another factor to consider is the cash flow. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Kinder Morgan as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 8 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Compared to its peers, Kinder Morgan has a yield of 4.0%, which is high for Oil and Gas stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Kinder Morgan’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just for the dividend. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. Below, I’ve compiled three pertinent aspects you should look at:

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