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Sun Communities Inc (NYSE:SUI): What You Have To Know Before Buying For The Upcoming Dividend

Sean Barnes

Important news for shareholders and potential investors in Sun Communities Inc (NYSE:SUI): The dividend payment of $0.71 per share will be distributed into shareholder on 16 April 2018, and the stock will begin trading ex-dividend at an earlier date, 28 March 2018. What does this mean for current shareholders and potential investors? Below, I will explain how holding Sun Communities can impact your portfolio income stream, by analysing the stock’s most recent financial data and dividend attributes. View our latest analysis for Sun Communities

5 questions I ask before picking 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 amount increased over the past?
  • Is it able to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it be able to continue to payout at the current rate in the future?
NYSE:SUI Historical Dividend Yield Mar 24th 18

Does Sun Communities pass our checks?

Although REITs are expected to payout a high portion of the earnings, Sun Communities currently pays out more than double its net income, which suggests that the dividend is not well-covered by earnings by any means. Furthermore, analysts are forecasting the payout ratio to remain at this high level going forward, leading to a future of uncertainty around the stability of SUI’s dividend income. Reliablity is an important factor for dividend stocks, particularly for income investors who want a strong track record of payment and a positive outlook for future payout. SUI has increased its DPS from $2.52 to $2.84 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. Relative to peers, Sun Communities has a yield of 3.18%, which is on the low-side for REITs stocks.

Next Steps:

Whilst there are few things you may like about Sun Communities from a dividend stock perspective, the truth is that overall it probably is not the best choice for a dividend investor. 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 urge potential investors to try and get a good understanding of the underlying business and its fundamentals before deciding on an investment. I’ve put together three pertinent factors you should further research:


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.