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Read This Before Considering Oritani Financial Corp (NASDAQ:ORIT) For Its Upcoming US$0.25 Dividend

If you are interested in cashing in on Oritani Financial Corp’s (NASDAQ:ORIT) upcoming dividend of US$0.25 per share, you only have 4 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 08 November 2018, in time for dividends payable on the 19 November 2018. Is this future income a persuasive enough catalyst for investors to think about Oritani Financial as an investment today? Below, I’m going to look at the latest data and analyze the stock and its dividend property in further detail.

View our latest analysis for Oritani Financial

How I analyze a dividend stock

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • 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 dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
NasdaqGS:ORIT Historical Dividend Yield November 3rd 18

How does Oritani Financial fare?

Oritani Financial has a trailing twelve-month payout ratio of 92%, meaning the dividend is not sufficiently covered by its 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 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. Unfortunately, it is really too early to view Oritani Financial as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 9 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Relative to peers, Oritani Financial has a yield of 9.8%, which is high for Mortgage stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Oritani Financial’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just for the dividend. On the other hand, if you are not strictly just a dividend investor, the stock could still be offering some interesting investment opportunities. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. There are three important aspects you should further research:

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