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Oil-Dri Corporation of America (NYSE:ODC): What You Have To Know Before Buying For The Upcoming Dividend

Victor Youngblood

Important news for shareholders and potential investors in Oil-Dri Corporation of America (NYSE:ODC): The dividend payment of US$0.24 per share will be distributed into shareholder on 31 August 2018, and the stock will begin trading ex-dividend at an earlier date, 16 August 2018. Is this future income a persuasive enough catalyst for investors to think about Oil-Dri of America as an investment today? Below, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail.

See our latest analysis for Oil-Dri of America

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

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

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NYSE:ODC Historical Dividend Yield August 13th 18

How does Oil-Dri of America fare?

Oil-Dri of America has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 97.85%, meaning the dividend is not sufficiently covered by its earnings. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. In the case of ODC it has increased its DPS from $0.56 to $0.96 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.

Relative to peers, Oil-Dri of America produces a yield of 2.32%, which is on the low-side for Household Products stocks.

Next Steps:

If Oil-Dri of America is in your portfolio for cash-generating reasons, there may be better alternatives out there. 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. I’ve put together three important factors you should further research:

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

To help readers see past 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. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.