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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, Oxford Industries, Inc. (NYSE:OXM) has been paying a dividend to shareholders. Today it yields 2.0%. Does Oxford Industries tick all the boxes of a great dividend stock? Below, I'll take you through my analysis.
5 checks you should do on a dividend stock
If you are a dividend investor, you should always assess these five key metrics:
- Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
- Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
- 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?
How well does Oxford Industries fit our criteria?
The company currently pays out 34% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, which means that the dividend is covered by 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.
When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.
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 OXM it has increased its DPS from $0.36 to $1.48 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, Oxford Industries produces a yield of 2.0%, which is high for Luxury stocks but still below the market's top dividend payers.
Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, Oxford Industries is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. 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 key factors you should further examine:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for OXM’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for OXM’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is OXM 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 OXM is currently mispriced by the market.
- 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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