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Only 2 Days Left Before Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Inc (NYSE:HY) Will Start Trading Ex-Dividend, Should Investors Buy?

Jenifer Prater

Important news for shareholders and potential investors in Hyster-Yale Materials Handling Inc (NYSE:HY): The dividend payment of US$0.31 per share will be distributed into shareholder on 14 September 2018, and the stock will begin trading ex-dividend at an earlier date, 30 August 2018. Should you diversify into Hyster-Yale Materials Handling and boost your portfolio income stream? Well, keep on reading because today, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail.

Check out our latest analysis for Hyster-Yale Materials Handling

5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock

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

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • 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:HY Historical Dividend Yield August 27th 18

How well does Hyster-Yale Materials Handling fit our criteria?

The company currently pays out 58.0% 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 HY’s payout to fall to 25.9% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of around 2.7%. However, EPS should increase to $4.72, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Hyster-Yale Materials Handling 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.

In terms of its peers, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling has a yield of 2.0%, which is on the low-side for Machinery stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking all the above into account, Hyster-Yale Materials Handling is a complicated pick for dividend investors given that there are a couple of positive things about it as well as negative. 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 fundamental aspects you should further examine:

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