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Read This Before Considering Ingersoll-Rand Plc (NYSE:IR) For Its Upcoming US$0.53 Dividend

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On the 29 March 2019, Ingersoll-Rand Plc (NYSE:IR) will be paying shareholders an upcoming dividend amount of US$0.53 per share. However, investors must have bought the company’s stock before 07 March 2019 in order to qualify for the payment. That means you have only 4 days left! Should you diversify into Ingersoll-Rand 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 Ingersoll-Rand

5 checks you should do on a dividend stock

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

  • Is their annual yield among the top 25% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Based on future earnings growth, will it be able to continue to payout dividend at the current rate?
NYSE:IR Historical Dividend Yield, March 2nd 2019

Does Ingersoll-Rand pass our checks?

Ingersoll-Rand has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 36%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Going forward, analysts expect IR’s payout to remain around the same level at 33% of its earnings. Assuming a constant share price, this equates to a dividend yield of around 2.2%. In addition to this, EPS should increase to $6.

If you want to dive deeper into the sustainability of a certain payout ratio, you may wish to consider the cash flow of the business. A company with strong cash flow, relative to earnings, can sometimes sustain a high pay out ratio.

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. In the case of IR it has increased its DPS from $0.72 to $2.12 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.

In terms of its peers, Ingersoll-Rand produces a yield of 2.0%, which is high for Machinery stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.

Next Steps:

With these dividend metrics in mind, I definitely rank Ingersoll-Rand as a strong income stock, and is worth further research for anyone who considers dividends an important part of their portfolio strategy. 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 pertinent factors you should further research:

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

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