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Only 3 Days Left To Cash In On CNO Financial Group Inc (NYSE:CNO) Dividend, Should Investors Buy?

Joseph Holm

Have you been keeping an eye on CNO Financial Group Inc’s (NYSE:CNO) upcoming dividend of US$0.10 per share payable on the 24 September 2018? Then you only have 3 days left before the stock starts trading ex-dividend on the 07 September 2018. Is this future income a persuasive enough catalyst for investors to think about CNO Financial Group 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.

View our latest analysis for CNO Financial Group

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

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

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has dividend per share amount increased over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NYSE:CNO Historical Dividend Yield September 3rd 18

How does CNO Financial Group fare?

The company currently pays out 28.6% 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 20.0%, leading to a dividend yield of around 2.0%.

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 CNO Financial Group 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.

Compared to its peers, CNO Financial Group produces a yield of 1.9%, which is on the low-side for Insurance stocks.

Next Steps:

Whilst there are few things you may like about CNO Financial Group from a dividend stock perspective, the truth is that overall it probably is not the best choice for a dividend investor. 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 urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. I’ve put together three key factors you should look at:

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