Dividends play a key role in compounding returns over time and can form a large part of our portfolio return. Historically, Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI) has paid dividends to shareholders, and these days it yields 2.8%. Should it have a place in your portfolio? Let’s take a look at Pitney Bowes in more detail.
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 it paying an annual yield above 75% of dividend payers?
- Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly cutting payout?
- Has the amount of dividend per share grown over the past?
- Is its earnings sufficient to payout dividend at the current rate?
- Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
How does Pitney Bowes fare?
The company currently pays out 70% of its earnings as a dividend, according to its trailing twelve-month data, 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.
When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. Cash flow is important because companies with strong cash flow can usually sustain higher payout ratios.
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. Not only have dividend payouts from Pitney Bowes fallen over the past 10 years, it has also been highly volatile during this time, with drops of over 25% in some years. These characteristics do not bode well for income investors seeking reliable stream of dividends.
Relative to peers, Pitney Bowes produces a yield of 2.8%, which is high for Commercial Services stocks but still below the market’s top dividend payers.
Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in Pitney Bowes for the dividend. 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. There are three key aspects you should look at:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for PBI’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for PBI’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is PBI 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 PBI is currently mispriced by the market.
- 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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