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PotlatchDeltic Corporation (NASDAQ:PCH): Dividend Is Coming In 3 Days, Should You Buy?

Micheal Lombardo

Shares of PotlatchDeltic Corporation (NASDAQ:PCH) will begin trading ex-dividend in 3 days. To qualify for the dividend check of $0.4 per share, investors must have owned the shares prior to 06 June 2018, which is the last day the company’s management will finalize their list of shareholders to which they will send dividend payments. What does this mean for current shareholders and potential investors? Below, I will explain how holding PotlatchDeltic can impact your portfolio income stream, by analysing the stock’s most recent financial data and dividend attributes. Check out our latest analysis for PotlatchDeltic

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

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 it consistently paid a stable dividend without missing a payment or drastically cutting payout?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
NasdaqGS:PCH Historical Dividend Yield Jun 2nd 18

How well does PotlatchDeltic fit our criteria?

PotlatchDeltic has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 79.66%, which is rather low compared to other REITs. Generally, REITs are expected to pay out the majority of its earnings to provide a regular income stream for their investors. Going forward, analysts expect PCH’s payout to remain around the same level at 72.32% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of around 3.25%. Furthermore, EPS should increase to $2.02. If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. Not only have dividend payouts from PotlatchDeltic fallen over the past 10 years, it has also been highly volatile during this time, with drops of over 25% in some years. This means that dividend hunters should probably steer clear of the stock, at least for now until the track record improves. In terms of its peers, PotlatchDeltic produces a yield of 3.17%, which is on the low-side for REITs stocks.

Next Steps:

If you are building an income portfolio, then PotlatchDeltic is a complicated choice since it has some positive aspects as well as negative ones. 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. Below, I’ve compiled three relevant aspects you should look at:

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