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PolyOne Corporation (NYSE:POL): What You Have To Know Before Buying For The Upcoming Dividend

Chris Amalia

Attention dividend hunters! PolyOne Corporation (NYSE:POL) will be distributing its dividend of $0.18 per share on the 05 April 2018, and will start trading ex-dividend in 3 days time on the 19 March 2018. Should you diversify into PolyOne 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 PolyOne

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

When researching a dividend stock, I always follow the following screening criteria:

  • Is it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
  • Has it paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NYSE:POL Historical Dividend Yield Mar 15th 18

How well does PolyOne fit our criteria?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 27.25%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect POL’s payout to remain around the same level at 29.76% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of 1.89%. Furthermore, EPS should increase to $2.53. If dividend is a key criteria in your investment consideration, then you need to make sure the dividend stock you’re eyeing out is reliable in its payments. The reality is that it is too early to consider PolyOne as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 7 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record. Compared to its peers, PolyOne produces a yield of 1.61%, which is on the low-side for Chemicals stocks.

Next Steps:

Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in PolyOne for the dividend. 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. There are three pertinent factors you should further research:

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