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Is Virco Mfg Corporation (NASDAQ:VIRC) A Top Dividend Stock?

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Dividends can be underrated but they form a large part of investment returns, playing an important role in compounding returns in the long run. Historically, Virco Mfg Corporation (NASDAQ:VIRC) has paid a dividend to shareholders. It currently yields 1.5%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Virco Mfg should have a place in your portfolio.

See our latest analysis for Virco Mfg

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:

  • Is it the top 25% annual dividend yield payer?

  • 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?

  • Does earnings amply cover its dividend payments?

  • Will the company be able to keep paying dividend based on the future earnings growth?

NasdaqGM:VIRC Historical Dividend Yield September 14th 18
NasdaqGM:VIRC Historical Dividend Yield September 14th 18

How does Virco Mfg fare?

Virco Mfg has a negative payout ratio, meaning that the company is not yet profitable and is paying dividend by dipping into its retained earnings.

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.

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. Not only have dividend payouts from Virco Mfg 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, Virco Mfg has a yield of 1.5%, which is on the low-side for Commercial Services stocks.

Next Steps:

Now you know to keep in mind the reason why investors should be careful investing in Virco Mfg 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. I’ve put together three key aspects you should further research:

  1. Historical Performance: What has VIRC’s returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.

  2. Management Team: An experienced management team on the helm increases our confidence in the business – take a look at who sits on Virco Mfg’s board and the CEO’s back ground.

  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.