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What To Know Before Buying Renasant Corporation (NASDAQ:RNST) For Its Dividend

Matthew Smith

There is a lot to be liked about Renasant Corporation (NASDAQ:RNST) 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$2.19B, and now yields roughly 1.71%. Does Renasant tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I’ll take you through my analysis. View our latest analysis for Renasant

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

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

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is it able 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?
NasdaqGS:RNST Historical Dividend Yield Apr 17th 18

How well does Renasant fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 37.12% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. In the near future, analysts are predicting lower payout ratio of 23.22%, leading to a dividend yield of around 1.77%. However, EPS should increase to $2.76, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment. If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. In the case of RNST it has increased its DPS from $0.68 to $0.76 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. This is an impressive feat, which makes RNST a true dividend rockstar. Compared to its peers, Renasant produces a yield of 1.71%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, Renasant is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income 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 relevant factors you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for RNST’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for RNST’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is RNST 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 RNST is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. 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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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.