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Read This Before Buying Escalade Incorporated (NASDAQ:ESCA) For Its Upcoming US$0.13 Dividend

Rowena Monahan

Investors who want to cash in on Escalade Incorporated’s (NASDAQ:ESCA) upcoming dividend of US$0.13 per share have only 3 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 07 September 2018, in time for dividends payable on the 17 September 2018. Investors looking for higher income-generating stocks to add to their portfolio should keep reading, as I take a deeper dive into Escalade’s latest financial data to analyse its dividend attributes.

View our latest analysis for Escalade

How I analyze a dividend stock

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

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NasdaqGM:ESCA Historical Dividend Yield September 3rd 18

How does Escalade fare?

Escalade has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 28.9%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently 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.

If there is one thing that you want to be reliable in your life, it’s dividend stocks and their constant income stream. Whilst its per-share payments have increased during the past 10 years, there has been some hiccups. Investors have seen reductions in the dividend per share in the past, although, it has picked up again.

Relative to peers, Escalade generates a yield of 3.8%, which is high for Leisure stocks.

Next Steps:

Taking into account the dividend metrics, Escalade ticks most of the boxes as a strong dividend investment, putting it in my list of top dividend payers. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. There are three fundamental aspects you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for ESCA’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for ESCA’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is ESCA 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 ESCA is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other 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.