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Sabra Health Care REIT Inc (NASDAQ:SBRA): Dividend Is Coming In 3 Days, Should You Buy?

Kevin Zeng

Investors who want to cash in on Sabra Health Care REIT Inc’s (NASDAQ:SBRA) upcoming dividend of $0.45 per share have only 3 days left to buy the shares before its ex-dividend date, 18 May 2018, in time for dividends payable on the 31 May 2018. Is this future income a persuasive enough catalyst for investors to think about Sabra Health Care REIT 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. See our latest analysis for Sabra Health Care REIT

Here’s how I find good dividend stocks

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 paid dividend every year without dramatically reducing payout in the past?
  • Has it increased its dividend per share amount over the past?
  • Is is able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NasdaqGS:SBRA Historical Dividend Yield May 14th 18

How well does Sabra Health Care REIT fit our criteria?

REITs are a special-case dividend payer. This is because a high percentage of their earnings are required to be paid out as dividends. The company currently pays out 122.84% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, meaning that a portion of dividend payments are funded by retained earnings. Going forward, analysts expect SBRA’s payout to increase to 144.84% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of around 9.16%. Moreover, EPS should increase to $1.86. The higher payout forecasted, along with higher earnings, should lead to greater dividend income for investors moving forward. 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 Sabra Health Care REIT 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. Relative to peers, Sabra Health Care REIT produces a yield of 8.93%, which is high for REITs stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Sabra Health Care REIT’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 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 essential aspects you should further research:

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