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Tiffany & Co (NYSE:TIF): 4 Days To Buy Before The Ex-Dividend Date

Lester Strauss

Attention dividend hunters! Tiffany & Co (NYSE:TIF) will be distributing its dividend of US$0.55 per share on the 10 October 2018, and will start trading ex-dividend in 4 days time on the 19 September 2018. What does this mean for current shareholders and potential investors? Below, I will explain how holding Tiffany can impact your portfolio income stream, by analysing the stock’s most recent financial data and dividend attributes.

View our latest analysis for Tiffany

5 questions to ask before buying a dividend stock

Whenever I am looking at a potential dividend stock investment, I always check these five metrics:

  • Does it pay an annual yield higher than 75% of dividend payers?
  • Does it consistently pay out dividends without missing a payment of significantly 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 the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?
NYSE:TIF Historical Dividend Yield September 14th 18

Does Tiffany pass our checks?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 56.6%, meaning the dividend is sufficiently covered by earnings. However, going forward, analysts expect TIF’s payout to fall to 41.0% of its earnings, which leads to a dividend yield of around 1.8%. However, EPS should increase to $5.11, meaning that the lower payout ratio does not necessarily implicate a lower dividend payment.

When considering the sustainability of dividends, it is also worth checking the cash flow of a company. A business with strong cash flow can sustain a higher divided payout ratio than a company with weak cash flow.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. In the case of TIF it has increased its DPS from $0.68 to $2.2 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.

Compared to its peers, Tiffany produces a yield of 1.7%, which is on the low-side for Specialty Retail stocks.

Next Steps:

Considering the dividend attributes we analyzed above, Tiffany is definitely worth keeping an eye on for someone looking to build a dedicated income portfolio. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, you should always research extensively before deciding whether or not a stock is an appropriate investment for you. I always recommend analysing the company’s fundamentals and underlying business before making an investment decision. Below, I’ve compiled three key aspects you should further research:

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

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.